The Hill's 15th Anniversary

The Hill Special Reports: Vital forum for lawmakers to shape, debate policy

Turning 15 years old is a significant milestone for newspapers these days. With newspapers increasingly out of print, it is worth recognizing how The Hill has managed to maintain its momentum. The Hill has no doubt adapted with its HillTube videos and congressional blogging, but one aspect sets it apart from competitors: The Special Reports.

Reporters pound the pavement, lead way asking tough questions

Friday marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Hill, a new leader led by a tireless team of reporters, editors and photographers that has provided an important window into the day-to-day business of the United States Congress.

Boehner ascent tied to Contract With America

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) stood with his colleagues 15 years ago on the West front of the Capitol to unveil the GOP’s ticket back to power: the Contract With America.

Senate leaders followed similar paths

Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had little in common in 1994 besides a soft-spoken demeanor and a relatively low profile in the upper chamber.

Significant bills enacted since the launch

In the past 15 years, lawmakers have given the president the authority to launch wars, rebuilt the nation’s intelligence community, passed new healthcare entitlement programs, restructured the tax code and greatly expanded the financial powers of the executive branch.