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Hearing for lawmaker who made threats during GOP walkout

A special committee of the Oregon state Senate is holding a hearing over a lawmaker’s comments made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation.


Former US Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies

Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies


Ex-US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dead at age 97

Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Opponents of Trump border emergency close to votes needed

Senate opponents of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border are within a hair of having enough votes to prevail


A month after rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain, still no word on an investigation

One month after a Seattle woman accused state Sen. Joe Fain of raping her in 2007, there is little indication state or local officials plan to investigate the allegation before …


Montana Sen. Tester talks up Trump to defuse GOP challenge

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester unveiled a new television ad Wednesday promoting his collaboration with President Donald Trump as the Montana Democrat sought to inoculate himself against conservative critics ahead of …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Gov. Rick Scott aims to unseat Florida’s Democratic senator

Setting the stage for an expensive race that could help decide control of the Senate, Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that he’s running to unseat Florida’s Democratic Sen. Bill …


Resigning Oregon senator hits back on sex misconduct claims

Days before an Oregon state senator was due to leave his post over sexual misconduct allegations, the Republican from rural downstate published a newsletter casting himself as a victim of …


Sen. Warren’s challengers weigh Trump’s use of ‘Pocahontas’

Most candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year’s election aren’t shying away from President Donald Trump’s criticism of her claims of Native American heritage, although all …


GOP senator says comments on estate tax misinterpreted

A top Republican senator said Monday his comments were misinterpreted when he defended GOP efforts to scale back the federal estate taxes because it helps those who invest rather than …


Sen. Paul says man who tackled him spoke to him after attack

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says a man who tackled him in his yard spoke to him afterward about why he was unhappy, but Paul said no explanation would have justified …


Washington senator accepts federal appointment

Sen. Kirk Pearson has been appointed to a position in the Trump administration.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

GOP rallies behind tax cuts after senators’ attack on Trump

Congressional Republicans showed scant signs Wednesday of turning on Donald Trump, rallying instead behind their party’s tax-cutting plans a day after a pair of prominent GOP senators denounced the president …


Oregon senator punished over alleged inappropriate touching

An Oregon state senator has been stripped of his committee assignments because of “ongoing workplace issues,” days after a senate colleague said she’s been inappropriately touched by at least one …


Judge refuses to throw out case against New Jersey senator

The judge at Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial refused to throw out any of the charges against the New Jersey Democrat on Monday in light of a U.S. Supreme Court …


Uruguay’s 1st transgender senator seated, vows protections

Michelle Suarez became Uruguay’s first transgender senator Tuesday, vowing to use her position to expand and protect the rights of transgender people in the South American country.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

N. Idaho senator joins lieutenant governor race

A northern Idaho lawmaker is joining the race to win the state’s open lieutenant governor seat in 2018.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Feinstein, oldest senator at 84, to seek re-election

At 84, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is at an age when many Americans are deep into their retirement years. But the oldest member of the Senate announced Monday that she will …


U.S. senator seeks cyber info from voting machine makers

A U.S. senator wants to know how well the country’s top six voting machine manufacturers protect themselves against cyberattacks, a move that comes just weeks after federal authorities notified 21 …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

GOP Idaho lawmaker wants apology after confrontation at fair

A northern Idaho senator says he stands by his comments after law enforcement video showed the Republican lawmaker in a confrontation at the Latah County Fair.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Trump tweets more support for senator in Alabama race

President Donald Trump has tweeted out more support for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange ahead of Tuesday’s contentious Republican primary.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Washington lawmaker to pay fine in finance disclosure case

A state Democratic senator has agreed to pay a fine for violating campaign disclosure laws last year.


Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, ‘I’ll be back soon’

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Sen. John McCain has brain tumor

Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his office said in a statement Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns to be interred at Arlington

Former Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns will be interred Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

Benton to lead U.S. Selective Service System

Former Washington state Sen. Don Benton has been tapped to head the U.S. Selective Service System.


Nebraska senator moonlights as driver for ride-sharing Uber

A Republican senator helped his constituents get around this weekend by moonlighting as a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber.


Washington Sen. Andy Hill dies of lung cancer at age 54

Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.


Murray, Vance meet in second Senate debate

Republican Chris Vance continued his criticism that Sen. Patty Murray is too much of an entrenched partisan to solve congressional deadlock as the two met Sunday evening in their second …


Funeral for former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns draws hundreds

Former Montana U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns is being remembered as a personable lawmaker who stirred controversy with his politically incorrect words but consistently delivered for his constituents.