Rachael Bade

Rachael Bade covers House leadership for POLITICO. In addition to her congressional correspondence, Bade has also followed and written in depth on the various investigations surrounding Hillary Clinton, including the FBI’s probe of her emails set-up as well as the House Benghazi Committee’s work.

She joined POLITICO in September 2012 as a tax reporter, covering the IRS tea party targeting scandal and Hill efforts to reform the tax code before moving to the Congress team in early 2015. Prior to POLITICO, she covered congressional committees for CQ, wrote Hill features for Roll Call and contributed to The Washington Diplomat.

Bade is a Dayton, Ohio-native and UD Flyer. She freelance dances for several contemporary ballet companies when time permits, drinks copious amounts of coffee, and enjoys Bikram, hiking and camping.

Most Recent Appearances

  • February 2, 2018
    After President Trump authorized the release of a previously classified memo alleging the FBI and the Justice Department abused the government’s surveillance powers, the panelists discussed the aftermath and what the consequences of a White House at

Recent Stories

  • POLITICO
    July 27, 2018
    Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, leaders of the rabble-rousing House Freedom Caucus, have become two of the president's most trusted allies on the Hill.
  • POLITICO
    July 24, 2018
    House GOP leaders are reneging on a vow to hold an immigration vote before the August recess, a move that puts House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a particularly awkward spot as he seeks to become the next speaker.
  • POLITICO
    July 17, 2018
    Speaker Paul Ryan quashed a rank-and-file effort to force Democrats to take a politically toxic vote to abolish the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, sources familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
  • POLITICO
    July 2, 2018
    House Republicans left Washington last week relieved that their ugly, months-long fight over immigration was behind them. The reality? It’s far from over.
  • POLITICO
    June 27, 2018
    A last-minute effort to salvage a House GOP immigration bill appeared to flounder, amid unyielding opposition from the far right.
  • POLITICO
    June 26, 2018
    House GOP leaders — eager to move on from an immigration bill that has divided and distracted their members — are likely to hold a vote Wednesday on legislation that’s expected to fail by a wide margin.
  • POLITICO
    June 21, 2018
    House Republicans spent weeks crafting a “compromise” immigration bill slated to hit the House floor Thursday — one that tracks with President Donald Trump’s call to beef up border security and shield Dreamers from deportation.
  • POLITICO
    June 15, 2018
    House Republicans unveiled legislation to keep migrant children and their parents together, but it’s unlikely to win over immigrant-rights advocates.
  • POLITICO
    June 7, 2018
    The Justice Department intends to offer an additional briefing to a select group of senior lawmakers who have pressed for details about the FBI's use of an informant to make contact with associates of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
  • POLITICO
    June 4, 2018
    GOP leaders have tried but so far failed to blunt an effort by moderates to force a floor vote on DACA.
  • POLITICO
    May 23, 2018
    Paul Ryan is struggling to stop an immigration showdown in the House, as his Republican Conference spirals into an all-out war that could put his speakership on the line.
  • POLITICO
    May 22, 2018
    Top House Republicans are privately questioning whether retiring Speaker Paul Ryan can make it through Election Day.
  • POLITICO
    May 18, 2018
    House GOP leaders are daring the Freedom Caucus to sink their prized partisan farm bill, pushing ahead with a Friday morning vote despite conservative threats to tank it.
  • POLITICO
    May 10, 2018
    The White House and Justice Department leaders are racing to defuse an ugly confrontation with House Republicans over access to sensitive documents connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to four sources with knowledge
  • POLITICO
    April 23, 2018
    If 2018 is the year of the woman, don’t tell Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The lone female member of House Republican leadership is under siege in D.C. and back home in Washington state.
  • POLITICO
    March 28, 2018
    Republicans are dreaming of passing another round of tax cuts this year — or at least making vulnerable Democrats squirm by voting against them.
  • Politico
    March 15, 2018
    If President Donald Trump wants to win some border wall money next week, he’s going to have to overcome skepticism within his own party.
  • POLITICO
    February 2, 2018
    President Donald Trump said Thursday that Speaker Paul Ryan called him the other day and said he’d “never ever seen the Republican Party so united.” Yet on Trump’s key priorities, congressional Republicans are painfully split.