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Kyle Trygstad


Kyle Trygstad is Roll Call's features editor. Before writing and editing feature stories, he covered House and Senate races for Roll Call from 2010 through 2014, including a stint as associate politics editor. He previously covered national politics for RealClearPolitics and at National Journal, first as a writer for The Hotline and later as a researcher for The Almanac of American Politics. While at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, the D.C. native served as a Capitol stringer for newspapers around the state and as a copy messenger at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Hill Staffer Searches for Her Daughter's Cure

Nov. 2, 2015

When Pope Francis looked down from the Speaker’s Balcony of the Capitol in September and blessed the children in the massive crowd on the West Lawn, 7-year-old Ellie McGinn was among those the pontiff called “the most important ones here.”

Fred Thompson Dies at 73

Nov. 1, 2015

Updated 8:09 p.m. | Fred Thompson, a former Republican senator, presidential candidate and actor, died Sunday in Nashville, Tenn., from a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement from his family. He was 73.

Larry David Plays Bernie Sanders on 'SNL'

Oct. 18, 2015

The cold open of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” parodied last week’s Democratic presidential debate, with guest stars taking a turn as a couple of the candidates with Senate experience — with the spoof of Sen. Bernard Sanders receiving the most attention.

The Congressman Who Broke the McCarthy News on Twitter

Oct. 9, 2015

Congressional reporters are used to competing with each other to break news, but there is a new kid on the block with a distinct advantage.

#tbt: Boehner Responds to Leadership Chaos...in 1998

Oct. 8, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision Thursday to take himself out of the race for speaker immediately brought to mind the tumultuous end to 1998, when Speaker-elect Bob Livingston announced on the floor — as the House was considering resolutions of impeachment against President Bill Clinton — that he would be resigning.

Boehner Will Stay On Until New Speaker Elected (Video)

Oct. 8, 2015

After the surprise postponement of the Republicans’ nomination vote for speaker, John A. Boehner reaffirmed he would stay in the job until a new speaker is elected.

Senate Control Up For Grabs Next Year

Sept. 30, 2015

Ward Baker has a tough act to follow: his own. As the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s political director during the last election cycle, the former Marine helped orchestrate a stunning nine-seat GOP gain, seizing Senate control for the first time since 2006.

Scenes From a Speaker's Resignation

Sept. 25, 2015

The hallmark moment of John A. Boehner’s nearly five-year run as speaker came Thursday, as the leader of the House Republican Conference, a Catholic, welcomed the pope to the Capitol. By the next morning, the embattled Boehner would announce his resignation to his colleagues in a closed-door meeting, sparking a whirlwind day on the Hill as his tumultuous reign over a fractured party had at last expired.

How Congressional Power Has Balanced Since 1955

Sept. 17, 2015

The first pages of Roll Call landed on Capitol Hill in 1955, coinciding with the beginning of a remarkable run of stability in party control of Congress, particularly when compared to the turbulence of post-World War II and post 9/11 elections.

Recovering Governors Take Senate One Day at a Time

Aug. 5, 2015

Sen. Thomas R. Carper kicked off his Senate floor tribute to retiring Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., in December by noting the two of them, along with presiding officer Joe Manchin III, were all “recovering governors.”

#tbt: Donald Trump Spreads Political Donations

July 23, 2015

What are archives for? In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, Roll Call took a closer look at The Donald’s political donations in a K Street Files column, published just a few months after the launch of Donald Trump’s NBC reality series, “The Apprentice.”

Pope's Address to Congress Will Be Broadcast on West Front

July 8, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Wednesday that Pope Francis’ address to a joint meeting of Congress in September will be broadcast live to the public on the West Front of the Capitol.

Yielding Time in the Senate on the Presidential Trail

June 24, 2015

The senator hurries into the recording studio on the fourth floor of the Hart building, now 30 minutes behind after getting held up at votes.

Roll Call Turns 60

June 16, 2015

Roll Call celebrates its 60th anniversary Tuesday with the same mission dreamed up by founder Sid Yudain — serving as a hometown newspaper for the legislative community.

Obama Makes Surprise Appearance at Congressional Baseball Game, Democrats Win 5-2

June 11, 2015

Updated, 11 p.m. | President Barack Obama emerged from the Democrats’ dugout Thursday at Nationals Park in Southeast Washington to a standing ovation and boisterous cheers from the thousands of Democratic staffers in attendance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

#tbt: FEC, DOJ Softball Game Ends in Shoving Match

May 21, 2015

Twenty-three years ago this month, around the time Vice President Dan Quayle was discussing “Murphy Brown” and Eddie Murphy’s “The Distinguished Gentleman” was filming on Capitol Hill, the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice faced off in what was supposed to be a friendly softball game.

A Democratic Consultant in the Middle of Baltimore's Recovery

May 13, 2015

BALTIMORE — On a sunny Tuesday morning one week after riots and looting upended the city, Democratic media consultant Martha McKenna was feverishly typing on a laptop at her dining room table, which was half-covered in various printed lists and Maryland Food Bank invoices, with a cellphone balanced between her ear and shoulder.

Throwback Thursday: Bud Shuster Lodging With Ex-Aide-Turned-Lobbyist

April 16, 2015

With the revelation Thursday that House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has “a personal and private relationship” with a top airline lobbyist, according to a Politico report, it seemed only fitting to pull this exclusive out of the Roll Call archives.

Life as Jon Tester's Executive Assistant

April 15, 2015

With 14 fingers between them, there’s never a shortage of joke material for Montana Sen. Jon Tester and his executive assistant, Luke Jackson: catching, texting, meat grinders.

When Jeb Bush Managed a House Campaign

April 6, 2015

With the final votes concluded before the House left town for the two week recess, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was running 20 minutes late for a scheduled interview.

A California Freshman With Soles of His Own

March 17, 2015

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier would be “quite wealthy” if he had a dime for every time someone said he had “big shoes to fill” as the successor to California Democrat George Miller.

Webb Pitches Firefighters on Possible White House Bid

March 11, 2015

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb hasn’t been seen much since announcing late last year he was exploring a bid for president, but he told a ballroom full of firefighters Tuesday they may be seeing a lot more of him soon.

Lone House Committee Chairwoman to Retire

March 5, 2015

Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., the only woman to chair a House committee in the 114th Congress, will not seek a 9th term in her Detroit-area district, she announced Thursday.

“This is the community that I love, that I call home, and at the conclusion of my current term in office, I will be coming home. I will not seek re-election,” Miller announced in a video posted to Facebook.

First elected to Congress in 2002, Miller is one of just 22 women in the House GOP Caucus.

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