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Alex Swoyer

Alex Swoyer

Originally from Texas, Alex Swoyer left the Lone Star State to attend the Missouri School of Journalism where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast.

She has experience covering stories in the mid-Missouri, Houston and southwest Florida areas where she worked at local affiliate TV stations and received a First Place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

After graduating from law school in Florida, she decided to leave the courtroom and return to the newsroom as a legal affairs reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached by email at [email protected].

Articles by Alex Swoyer

Senate confirms Supreme Court pick Gorsuch

The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Friday morning, thrilling conservatives and angering liberals who expect him to be in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will take. Published April 7, 2017

Democrats officially vote to filibuster Gorsuch

Democrats voted Thursday morning to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, igniting a series of votes that will end later in the day with Republicans triggering the "nuclear option," breaking the filibuster by changing the rules, and setting up a final vote Friday to confirm President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee. Published April 6, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii questions Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Democrat predicts Judge Gorsuch will deny women equal pay

Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, offered a new explanation Tuesday for why Democrats should filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, speculating that he would be against equal pay for women if he reaches the Supreme Court. Published April 4, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses an audience during a rally Friday, March 31, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Sanders rejects Gorsuch over Citizens United, Roe v. Wade

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, said he will join Democrats in filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation because the judge won't pledge to overturn Supreme Court precedent on campaign finance, and at the same time, he worries the judge won't follow precedent for abortion rights. Published April 4, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch is at the center of a partisan battle. Republicans are likely to change Senate rules to confirm him. (Associated Press/File)

Senate gears up for historic, bitter battle over Gorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch cleared his first test vote Monday in his quest for the Supreme Court, gaining approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a party-line vote that presages a nasty, history-making fight on the chamber floor this week. Published April 3, 2017

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 14, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

McCaskill backs filibuster of Gorsuch, makes nuclear option likely

Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Friday that she will join Democrats' attempted filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch, making it almost certain that Republicans will have to trigger the "nuclear option" to confirm President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee. Published March 31, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCaskill is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trumps Supreme Court nominee.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Leaked audio reveals McCaskill not sold on Gorsuch filibuster

Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, isn't disclosing how she plans to vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation, but an audio recording that's surfaced from a fundraising event suggests she isn't fond of the idea to filibuster the judge. Published March 30, 2017

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat. (Associated Press/File)

Durbin supports Gorsuch filibuster

The second-ranking Democrat in the Senate announced on Tuesday he will join a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch, seeking to block President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee from reaching the high court. Published March 28, 2017

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Leahy won't join Democrats' effort to filibuster Gorsuch

The Senate's most senior Democrat says he probably won't join his party's effort to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, in the first major indication that Republicans may not have to resort to the so-called "nuclear option" to fill the empty Supreme Court seat. Published March 27, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Judge Gorsuch grilled on possible conflicts of interest

Judge Neil Gorsuch is facing questions about conflict of interest from senators on both sides of the aisle about nearly 1,000 cases the Supreme Court nominee recused himself from hearing during his time on the circuit court. Published March 26, 2017