Ceci Connolly is a national political writer at The Washington Post, covering congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns as well as the nexus between politics and policy. She also is a beat reporter for health care issues.

In 1997 she produced a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at the tobacco wars and in 1998 she was the lead House reporter on the midterm Congressional elections. She has written extensively about two House speakers, Newt Gingrich and Dennis Hastert, and Vice President Gore.

In 1996, while working for The St. Petersburg Times, Connolly was the Washington correspondent assigned to the Bob Dole presidential campaign, chronicling his legislative career, his near-fatal war wounds and his style on the campaign trail. She traveled to more that 30 states with the campaign.

At The Times, Connolly also covered Congress from the early days of the Republican revolution in 1994 through the 1995 budget debate. Aside from politics, she focused much of her coverage on issues of importance to Florida such as the environment, Medicare and Social Security.

Before The St. Petersburg Times, Connolly worked for Congressional Quarterly, the magazine of record on Capitol Hill.  At the weekly magazine, she wrote about politics and health care. She also worked for the Associated Press and two New England dailies.

A native of Pennsylvania, Connolly is a graduate of Boston College and the Poynter Institute. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C.