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Legislative Researcher - CQ Roll Call

Legislative Researcher - CQ Roll Call

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United States-DC-Washington

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Washington’s CQ Roll Call brings up-to-date news, analysis and insights to senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill.  This trusted source of unbiased, impartial information provides authoritative, nonpartisan and accurate congressional news and legislative tracking tools to its subscribers. Through more than 40 print and online products, CQ Roll Call keeps readers updated on a weekly, daily and real-time basis covering every legislative action in Congress with breaking news, bill tracking, and member profiles and offers insight on the people and institutions that influence public policy and legislation.   


CQ Roll Call’s parent, The Economist Group, is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. The brands are bound together by their objective opinion, original insight and advocacy of economic, political and democratic freedom around the world.


Are you a legislative master, policy wonk or political junkie? If so, you should know that CQ Roll Call seeks a researcher to help maintain a database of information from (and on) areas such as government personnel, state legislators, and local-level government officials. This individual will work with other team members to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of CQ Roll Call content. The researcher position requires exceptional accuracy and attention to detail, as well as the ability to work under pressure and meet firm deadlines.

Additional responsibilities include the timely and accurate production, publication and maintenance of various databases, external data feeds and other content to provide CQ Roll Call with superior federal, state and local data. The job requires a strong attention to detail, thoroughness, and an understanding of the legislative process.

CQ Roll Call covers House and Senate action gavel-to-gavel and the successful candidate must be available to work hours largely decided by the congressional schedule.


In the role you would be expected to:


  • Quickly and accurately collect, process, code and publish legislator and staff information, documents, biographies or other data as assigned by a manager
  • Duties may also include writing biographies and researching client questions.
  • Politely respond to and act upon newsroom questions or requests for information on congressional office structure in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate an understanding of operational tools, procedures and troubleshooting
  • Work with editors to build professional skills while contributing to the larger newsroom's news gathering efforts
  • Cultivate relationships with congressional sources and government agencies for informational, journalistic and document source purposes and helping colleagues do the same
  • Contribute ideas about product priorities and what data may need additional work as well as ideas about how to improve operations and CQ products
  • Provide subscribers with complete, timely coverage of error-free, quality legislative information within set deadlines and consistent with CQ Roll Call style
  • Develop an understanding of the CQ Roll Call databases and the procedures for updating that content
  • Successfully develop knowledge of CQ Roll Call legislative tracking products and legislative procedures
  • Adapt to and balance long hours and a capricious congressional schedule while juggling multiple assignments
  • Consider a task complete once he or she has confirmed the content's successful posting to or other specified CQ Roll Call product

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have: 

  • One year of experience with the federal or state government, politics, legislative policy or Capitol Hill
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Experience with large amounts of data entry 
  • Knowledge of congressional procedure
  • Attention to detail and good organizational abilities
  • Ability to work a schedule that largely mirrors the House or Senate hours of operation
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Familiarity with Congress and the legislative process and knowledge of congressional operations, procedure and policymaking
  • Ability to develop sources, gather information and process content consistent with CQ Roll Call style
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, the Internet, Microsoft Office (including Access) and electronic media


To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Good communication skills with strong grammar skills and computer familiarity
  • Ability to multi-task and handle tight deadlines without sacrificing attention to detail and precision
  • Flexibility to work extended hours, as you will be covering the Senate and House when they are in session, gavel-to-gavel
  • Experience with Congress is preferred
  • Database management experience