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Kyle Trygstad


Kyle Trygstad, a D.C. native, covers House and Senate campaigns for Roll Call. Kyle came to the newspaper in 2010 after nearly three years at Real Clear Politics, where he covered the 2008 presidential and Congressional campaigns, as well as Capitol Hill. He began his journalism career at National Journal, first as a writer for the Hotline and later as a researcher for the Almanac of American Politics. Kyle also covered the Virginia Legislature as a stringer for newspapers around the state while attending college in Richmond.

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Stories by Kyle Trygstad:

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 hasnt 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.

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

Feb. 27, 2015

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. Amethyst Archer probably wasnt the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.

Matt Canter Joins Global Strategy Group

Feb. 25, 2015

Matt Canter, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firms Washington, D.C., office.

Harry Reid Sports His Sunglasses Inside

Feb. 24, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid showed up to work Tuesday sporting a pair of sunglasses and it took just two minutes of reporters grilling on funding the Department of Homeland Security before the Nevada Democrat was asked about his new look.

Were working on my beauty here, Reid said, with two lingering bruises still gracing his right cheek. Ive got these on. Tomorrow were going to try some other things. I can see out of my right eye, just not very well. It hasnt healed. I have to be a patient patient. I appreciate your interest, but its the best I can do.

Aide Brings 'Quirky' Background to Chief of Staff Ranks

Feb. 10, 2015

Barely a month into his new position as chief of staff to freshman Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Greg Brophy opted, understandably, against sitting down with a reporter who was writing a story about him.

On Patent Litigation Reform, Proceed with Caution

Feb. 6, 2015

Lost in the current debate in Congress about the need for patent reform is the role of the scientist or engineer whose work on the frontiers of science and technology holds great promise for the future.

Cuba CODEL Gets Firsthand Account of Dramatic Dealings

Jan. 26, 2015

A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahys first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White Houses efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Why California Members May Think Twice About Running for Senate

Jan. 15, 2015

More than a half-dozen House Democrats are considering a bid for Californias first open Senate seat in more than two decades and unlike in most other states, none would start as a front-runner.

Gavin Newsom Won't Seek California Senate Seat

Jan. 12, 2015

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he will not seek the Senate seat opened by the retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Gwen Graham Makes a Mark on First Day in Congress

Jan. 7, 2015

As former Florida Sen. Bob Graham watched his daughter, an incoming House Democrat, shake hands with an endless line of visitors Tuesday morning, he peeked out of her corner office window in Longworth at the briskly falling snow and marveled at the symmetry to his own political career.

Bill O'Neill, Jerry Hogan: 2 Friends Taken in 2 Days

Dec. 19, 2014

The low odds of two friends in the same tight-knit community on Capitol Hill dying on consecutive days were mercilessly defied last week, as a sad 24 hours rocked the tech and telecom lobbying world along with numerous other universes both inside politics and out.

N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

Dec. 17, 2014

New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.

Exclusive: DSCC Chairman Makes Recruitment Pitch for 2016

Dec. 10, 2014

Montana Sen. Jon Tester sees a world of opportunity when he looks at the 2016 Senate map and a mountain of work to capitalize on it.

What's Next for Michelle Nunn?

Dec. 8, 2014

Michelle Nunn strolled through the Capitol basement last week alongside outgoing Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet just a month after her loss in the Georgia Senate race.

Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC

Nov. 24, 2014

Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations.

Harry Reid Considers Three Names for Campaign Manager

Nov. 14, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering at least three Democratic operatives to manage his re-election campaign in Nevada in 2016, according to a national Democratic source familiar with the discussions.

Senate Republicans Elect NRSC Chairman (Updated)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 3:05 p.m. | Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker will chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2016 cycle, when the party will likely be defending a 54-seat majority.

How David Perdue Knew He Would Win

Nov. 12, 2014

The morning after he won Georgias open Senate seat, Republican David Perdue was asked on Fox & Friends how he avoided a runoff when every available poll had shown a tight race.

Alaska Senate Race Called for Dan Sullivan

Nov. 12, 2014

The Associated Press called the Alaska Senate race early Wednesday for Dan Sullivan, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

The Best Congressional Campaigns of 2014

Nov. 10, 2014

As a national Republican wave crested on Election Day, there were several campaigns in both parties that stood out as outstanding operations.

Script Will Be Flipped in 2016 Senate Majority Battle

Nov. 6, 2014

After securing control of the Senate Tuesday, Republicans are already staring down a daunting map for 2016.

A Day in the Life of Rob Collins, on the Brink of the Majority

Nov. 5, 2014

At the tail end of an hour-long press briefing at the National Republican Senatorial Committee less than three weeks before the elections, Executive Director Rob Collins threw out a prediction: The GOP would win the majority on election night.

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