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August 7, 2014

#tbt: Intern Duties

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Part of Roll Call’s 1989 “continuing series of photos of dog-walking interns, here’s Jodie Martin, Diet Coke in hand, and Sen. Bob Dole’s pooch Leader on leash.” (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

A recent visit to the Roll Call archives uncovered this 1989 photo of a young Senate intern from University of California, Santa Barbara named Jodie Martin walking then-Minority Leader Bob Dole’s dog Leader 25 years ago this month.

We tracked her down thanks to the power of the Internet — she’s now Jodie Martin Ellis and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

Reached via email, Martin Ellis recalled that interns were not usually “thrilled” to be tasked with the duty of walking the Kansan’s appropriately named terrier, but on the day the photo was taken she was eager to get away from her desk.

“I’m a little foggy after all these years, but like most terriers, I believe Leader had a big attitude for a little dog,” Martin Ellis said, adding that unlike Dole, “Leader’s bark was bigger than his bite.” Full story

July 31, 2014

#tbt: Eric Cantor Edition

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Cantor works out the final details of his new office with members of his move coordination team. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

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July 3, 2014

#tbt: A Different View of the Fourth

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Fireworks appear over the Washington Monument in celebration of Independence Day. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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:

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June 26, 2014

#tbt: Recess Is Almost Here

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A woman sunbathes during a recess week on Capitol Hill on August 22, 1979. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ File Photo Roll Call)

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

#TBT: Baseball and Cigars

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Conte lights a victory cigar after Republicans won the 1975 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Pen Wilson/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

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June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Forget Your Umbrella

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Leigh Feete, 21, from the Miss Washington Contest, poses in front of the Capitol Building. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

Hill Flashback: Hello, Ladies

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Wearing a bikini made of lettuce leaves, Playboy Magazine’s Miss July 2002, Lauren Anderson, serves up a veggie dog to James P. Moran, D-Va., in front of the Rayburn House Office building. (Doug Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

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June 5, 2014

#TBT: We’ve Got Spirit

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Congressional staffers get geared up to cheer at the 1966 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. From left, Alleene from Rep. Clark Thompson’s office, Barbara Cook from Rep. Robert Casey’s office, Betty Anne Reichley from the Senate Finance Committee staff and Barbara (Bobbi) Lewis from Rep. James Hanley’s office are photographed outside the Capitol in July 1966. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

The 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is on June 25. Buy your tickets now!

The Republicans are looking to reclaim a title this year, after a disastrous losing streak. It will be an uphill battle since the GOP has lost its top player.

Bookmark this page to follow all of our baseball coverage. We’ll see you at the game!

May 29, 2014

#TBT: Capitol Parking Was a Problem in the ’60s Too

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Inside a completed parking garage, likely in 1968. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In 1955, the Additional House Office Building Act was passed to allow more office space and parking around Capitol Hill. In the summer of 1962, the House Office Building Commission approved construction of two underground garages south of the Rayburn and Longworth House Office Buildings. Prior to this, members of Congress and their staff were parking on the grass and empty lots. Multilevel garages were approved to allow for more parking of an estimated more than 1,200 cars. Estimates in 1963 put the garage’s overall cost at $8 million, or $5,800 per parking space.

Roll Call has several pictures from the years construction took place on the parking garages. The above photo is likely from 1968 — the garages were completed in March of that year. Below, we’ve included a bonus photo from construction. This was likely taken around 1965. Unfortunately, neither photo was captioned with a photo credit.

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By Meredith Dake Posted at 11:34 a.m.
From the Archive

May 24, 2014

Memorial Day: A Photo Essay

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A bugler from an honor guard plays taps for Capt. Russell Rippetoe, 27, an Army Ranger killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. Rippetoe was the first soldier killed in Iraq to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call has been privileged to document many funerals and special occasions on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery through the years. This has allowed our photographers to capture some of the most human and vulnerable moments in our nation’s history. In honor of of Memorial Day, we’re taking a look into our archives and sharing a moving photo essay by former Roll Call photographer Chris Maddaloni. Maddaloni completed a photo essay in 2010 of mementos left on the grounds at Arlington. It shows different and very personal way that families and friends mourn their loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.

Most of the photos were not released to the public. Today we are proud to release the full essay in honor of those who served. Full story

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