• Legislative Analyst/Writer - CQ Roll Call

    Job Locations 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.


    Currently, CQ Roll Call is seeking a legislative analyst/writer to cover bills scheduled for House floor consideration. The analyst will write accurate and in-depth summaries of legislation for CQ House Action Reports – describing bill provisions and the intent of legislation, providing relevant background information and summarizing arguments made by supporters and opponents of controversial bills.  

    The ideal candidate will be highly organized with a deep knowledge of congressional policy, procedure and politics, and have the ability to understand often complex legislation and prepare reports which summarize that information for readers in a clear and concise fashion. Strong collaboration is a must, as the candidate would work daily with House Action Report’s team of analysts and editors and also regularly communicate with CQ Roll Call reporters and editors. Applicants should have substantial congressional or policy experience, and/or journalistic experience covering Congress and public policy.





    In the role you would be expected to:


    • Summarize complex legislation, as well as congressional procedures and actions, in plain English in a clear and concise fashion

    • Write on multiple topics while meeting strict deadlines and maintaining accuracy

    • Develop expertise in assigned policy areas and keep abreast of news developments in those policy areas

    • Develop expertise on the legislative process and procedures, particularly for the House of Representatives

    • Build a network of sources on and off Capitol Hill, particularly for assigned policy areas

    • Work evenings/nights and weekends when needed


    Experience, skills and professional attributes


    To succeed in the role you must have:  

    • Prior public policy experience and/or reporting experience on the federal government, politics, or legislation (knowledge of the federal budget and appropriations process is helpful) 

    • Strong knowledge of Congress, politics and the legislative process

    • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience is highly desirable

    • Background working closely with government documents and information

    • Familiarity with Word, Excel or similar programs and the Internet

    • A willingness and flexibility to work sometimes long and unpredictable hours because of Congress’ schedule



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

    • High-level analytical, writing and research skills, in addition to strong organizational and writing abilities

    • An ability to work with and understand legislative text, the U.S. Code, committee reports and other informational documents

    • A willingness to work with editors to build professional skills

    • An ability to adapt to new technologies




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