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.
In 2015, Texans saw their former governor reluctantly exit the political stage as their junior senator emerged as one of the savviest and most consequential Republican presidential candidates. Here are the year’s top political stories.
Nobody, including Wendy Davis, knows where she’s headed in politics. "I don't have my sights set on anything right now," she told The Texas Tribune. But she wouldn't rule out a future political run if an opportunity arises.
As former state Sen. Wendy Davis begins stumping for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton today in Iowa, the Clinton camp expects the erstwhile gubernatorial candidate will draw interest from some key voting blocs.
Republicans have reportedly been worried that their control of the U.S. House could be in jeopardy if Donald Trump is their presidential nominee. But there also appears to be concern that having Ted Cruz top the GOP ballot could also have far-reaching effects on the House map.
The U.S. Congress is on the verge of lifting a 40-year ban on crude oil exports onto the international market, an issue that pitted Texans who work in oil production — and their House representatives — against those who work in refineries.
An old friend called U.S. Rep. Gene Green Monday to say he intended to challenge the 12-term incumbent for his Houston seat. Just like that, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia made the race personal.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday over how Americans are sorted into state legislative districts. A ruling could change the makeup of statehouses and, because state legislators draw the political maps, of Congress.