Congressional reporter Education: University of Dayton, BA Rachael Bade is a Congress reporter for The Washington Post, primarily focusing on the House. Her coverage areas include House Democrats’ oversight of the Trump administration as well as policy clashes with the White House, the dynamics animating the historic freshman class and the inner workings of the Democratic leadership team. Rachael is also a political analyst for CNN. Rachael joined The Post in 2019 after six years with Politico. She started as a tax reporter, cutting her teeth on oversight coverage when House Republicans investigated the IRS’s treatment of tea party groups. She later covered the GOP’s investigation of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, then the party’s subsequent probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email use. Bade spent three years covering House Republicans and President Trump’s remaking of the party from her vantage point on Capitol Hill. Her stories have followed GOP infighting and frequently dish behind-the-scenes details about how policy decisions are made, illuminating the personalities and power struggles that affect the public. Bade worked for two years at CQ-Roll Call before Politico. An Ohio-native, she graduated from the University of Dayton with degrees in political science and communication. Bade is a former classical ballet dancer who still enjoys taking class occasionally. She runs, enjoys camping and yoga and lives with her husband, Alex, and two cats.