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January 22, 2016

Blizzard Blasts From the Past

Capitol pages are shown taking advantage of a snow-storm by engaging in a Republican vs. Democrat snowball fight. Date unknown.

Capitol pages are engaged in a Republican vs. Democrat snowball fight in this undated photo.

As what is predicted to be a record-breaking blizzard bears down on Washington and residents prepare for a potential one to two feet of snow, we combed through the Roll Call photo archives to see how Washington has handled being covered in snow in years past.

Some of these photos’ subjects and dates can’t be pinpointed, but, they provide an encouraging picture of the city weathering and surviving and even having fun in previous storms, which we will begin to do again in this one.

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January 5, 2016

A Look Back at Dale Bumpers

Dale Bumpers, a reformist governor in Arkansas and four-term senator known for his wit and oratorical skills, as well as his passionate defense of President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial, died on Jan. 1 at age 90


Sen. Dale Bumpers, left, has the ear of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Small Business Committee lunch in August 1993. (Chris Martin/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Dale Bumpers, left, has the ear of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Small Business Committee lunch in August 1993. (Chris Martin/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bumpers was best known in the Senate for his oratory, which he used in a passionate closing argument for Clinton in his impeachment trial on charges of lying under oath about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Full story

December 22, 2015

Roll Call’s Feature Photos of the Year

Bridges, right, struck a pose with Sen. Debbie Stabenow. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bridges, right, struck a pose with Sen. Debbie Stabenow. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From Jeff Bridges channeling “The Dude” to lobby for children’s nutrition to members of Congress competing for baseball diamond or gridiron glory to the many, many cute dogs and selfies and rough weather that make up life on Capitol Hill, Roll Call’s photographers are there to document it all. Enjoy 2015’s best Roll Call Feature Photos.


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June 24, 2015

Hot Enough for You?


As Capitol Hill endures the dog days of summer, it’s easy to forget how cold it can get here in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s why we’re amused by this archive photo from February 1958 of Capitol Police Sgt. G. Pendley standing in 18 inches of snow on the Capitol grounds. Perhaps unamused, he holds the previous day’s newspaper predicting a mere 3 inches of snowfall. Note the lines marked to crop the photo and help Roll Call’s layout staff as they were physically putting the newspaper together. You can see the end result below.

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May 31, 2015

Photos: Beau Biden Through the Years

Beau Biden, the 46-year-old son of the vice president, died Saturday following a fight with brain cancer.

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April 20, 2015

Sen. Robert Griffin, 1923-2015

Griffin with Julie Ann Hamilton, 1968 Michigan National Cherry Queen. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Griffin with Hamilton, 1968 Michigan National Cherry Queen. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Sen. Robert Griffin died on April 17, much of the news coverage that followed focused on his filibuster against the nomination of Abe Fortas to be chief justice of the United States and his political alliance with Gerald Ford, a fellow Michigan Republican who rose through the House ranks to become minority leader, vice president and eventually president after Richard M. Nixon resigned.

Lost in the ether, perhaps, was the Griffin who was an indefatigable partisan for his home of Traverse City, Mich., particularly its signature event, the National Cherry Festival. Full story

February 12, 2015

#TBT: D.C. Press Throws ‘Circus’ to Welcome New Congress

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On Feb. 12, 1989, Roll Call published a photo page recounting the Washington Press Club Foundation’s party to welcome the 101st Congress. The club hosted a “circus,” hiring the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to entertain new and returning members.

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August 7, 2014

#tbt: Intern Duties

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

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

Eric Cantor

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

4th of July Fireworks

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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