joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. In this role, she won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.
Republicans in Congress appear closer to reaching a compromise on immigration — and ending family separations at the Texas-Mexico border — after a closed-door meeting with President Donald Trump Tuesday evening.
The two Texas border Democrats initially withheld their support from a bipartisan effort to force a vote on major immigration legislation. Another Texan, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, remains the lone holdout among House Democrats.
Though her primary fight against fellow Democrat Laura Moser drew national attention, Lizzie Fletcher's general election race against U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, is poised to create plenty of buzz as well.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar of Laredo, Filemon Vela of Brownsville and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen are withholding their support for a bipartisan "discharge petition" that would bypass the committee process and force Congress to address the legal status of "Dreamers."
Attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher defeated activist Laura Moser in a Democratic congressional primary that drew national attention. Meanwhile, former Air Force Intelligence Officer Gina Ortiz Jones easily won her runoff for the 23rd Congressional District.
While little separates veteran Dan Crenshaw and state Rep. Kevin Roberts on policy, their Republican runoff has grown nasty as they argue over past Facebook posts and accusations of mudslinging. The winner is likely to end up in Congress.
Seven Democrats filed to run against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, a Dallas Republican. The race is now down to Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno – two former Obama administration officials who argue Sessions is vulnerable.