Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Congress heads back to D.C. for a hectic lame-duck session

By: - November 12, 2022

On the agenda are same-sex marriage legislation, a huge defense bill, changes in how presidential electoral votes are counted and more

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

By: - November 10, 2022

Voters in 12 states elected women as governor, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004

Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

By: and - November 10, 2022

Democrats still have a small chance at keeping their House majority after far outpacing Republicans in toss-up races and competing in some districts thought to be out of reach

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

Republicans fell short of their greatest ambitions for major gains in the U.S. House, with control of the chamber still in doubt early Wednesday. 

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

By: , and - November 9, 2022

It might be days — or even weeks — before we know what party will control the Senate starting next year.

Midterm voting mostly problem-free in battleground states, voting advocates report

By: - November 8, 2022

In counties that did experience problems, which were typical of any Election Day, the incidents were largely attributed to faulty technology and human error. 

More than 42 million Americans already have voted in the midterms

By: - November 8, 2022

Since 2002, the number of people voting via mail ballots or early in person has steadily risen each midterm election year.

Control of U.S. Senate still a guess ahead of midterm elections

By: - November 2, 2022

The two political parties are spending millions on campaign ads and mailers in the dozens of toss-up races that will determine control of Congress

Man who attacked Speaker Pelosi’s husband wanted to break ‘her kneecaps,’ DOJ says

By: - November 1, 2022

The FBI’s complaint and affidavit into the alleged crime revealed new insight into the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband.

Paul Pelosi, U.S. House speaker’s husband, attacked inside their San Francisco home

By: - October 28, 2022

Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who has a U.S. Capitol Police security detail, was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack

A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

By: - October 27, 2022

The GOP's potential refusal to adjust the debt limit could bring the nation to the verge of a damaging default, economic experts say.

More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

By: - October 25, 2022

Florida as well as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the top states in terms of early voting so far.