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July 31, 2014
As Eric Cantor gave his last speech as majority leader on the House floor, Capitol Lens decided to dig into the Roll Call archives for different views of the outgoing majority leader’s time on the Hill.
Cantor, talking about his time in Congress, said Thursday:
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as majority leader of this distinguished body. I look around this remarkable chamber and I see so many friends and colleagues who have inspired me and who have inspired this congress to do great things for the American people. Walking into this building, and walking on to this floor is something that excited me every day since I was first elected to congress.
“As it should.
“Not one of us should ever take for granted the awesome honor and responsibility we have to serve our fellow Americans. This is a privilege of a lifetime. I think of the sacrifices that help me rise to serve the people of the Virginia’s 7th District. … I have truly lived the American dream. That’s what this country is supposed to be about; dreaming big, believing that each generation can do better than the last.”
Our photographers have tracked the Virginia Republican since his freshman year, and our trip into the archives taught us something about Cantor’s Hill personality.
July 10, 2014
Photo Editor Bill Clark braved the bad weather this week to capture some stunning images of ominous clouds over the Capitol. As you can see from the photos below, photographers often take the same objects and frame them differently to try to get the best results. Which framing of the Supreme Court do you like the best?
Check out Clark’s amazing images below and see more of our images on our photo page.
July 3, 2014
July Fourth is once again upon us and hoards of tourists and locals are expected to flock downtown Friday for the annual festivities, which include parades across the city, a daytime Nationals game, a concert on the West Front of the Capitol and — of course — fireworks.
In 1989, Roll Call photographer Maureen Keating was on duty, snapping shots of the fireworks lighting up the Washington skyline and of the spectators who turned out for the fun. Check out some of her best shots below:
June 26, 2014
It’s getting muggy out there. If you were at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game last night you definitely felt the humidity and the heat. Never fear, Capitol Hill, recess is coming!
This 1979 photo by Mickey Senko ran in the Aug. 23 edition of Roll Call and described recess this way: “What is so rare as a day during recess? Beautiful sunny days, smog-free skies, green grass underfoot, and the Capitol Dome overhead … and the boss is out of town.”
June 19, 2014
Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Mass., was an prominent figure on Capitol Hill during his years in office from 1959 to 1991. A major player in the Congressional Baseball Game, Conte was rarely seen on the field without a cigar. Capitol Lens dug into our archives to find some of Conte’s most iconic pictures.
June 18, 2014
Our award-winning photojournalists Bill Clark and Tom Williams were on the Hill today, as they are every day, trying to capture the news and mood at the Captiol. Clark filed this photo of Eric Cantor in an elevator and Capitol Lens thought we would hand over captioning duties to you.
So, how would you caption this photo?
June 16, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.
Speaker John A. Boehner has so far refused to endorse a new majority leader, saying he can work with anyone. The GOP will host a candidate forum in the Capitol on Wednesday. Leadership elections will be held the next day.
Roll Call is tracking developments on 218, our blog about the House, but here is a snapshot of the faces you’ll want to watch this week on Capitol Hill.
June 12, 2014
This gem was on the front page of the July 25, 1957, Roll Call edition. The caption under the photo reads:
Civil Rights and soaring mercury made the Capitol the hottest place in town this week. So Radio Station WWDC, which sponsors the Miss Washington beauty contest, sent down cooly-attired Leigh Feete, 21, to shade the Capitol Dome with an umbrella. If anything, Miss Feete — umbrella or no — raised temperatures even higher.
Stay dry, Washington.
June 10, 2014
Majority Leader Harry Reid was a little disappointed he missed the crowning of Miss USA over the weekend.
“I, along with all Nevada, congratulate Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, on her well-deserved victory,” Reid said. “I wish her the very best as she pursues the crown of Miss Universe and as she undertakes her duties as a global ambassador.”
In light of Reid’s comments, Capitol Lens decided to dig into our archives to showcase congressmen enjoying sash-clad women around the Hill and on the road. Enjoy a few of the many moments Roll Call photographers caught members enjoying one of the “perks” of the job.