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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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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. Leahy’s first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White House’s 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 California’s 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 Georgia’s 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.

Why Senate Control May Not Be Known by Wednesday

Nov. 4, 2014

There are enough Democratic seats in play for Republicans to secure the Senate majority Tuesday, but there is also a chance the outcome won’t be known for days, weeks or even a couple months.

Final Rankings: The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Nov. 1, 2014

Roll Call’s final ranking of the most vulnerable senators doesn’t vary much from previous versions — the result of an unfavorable national climate for Democrats that has failed to improve.

Senate Democrats' Super Lawyer Preps for Overtime

Oct. 31, 2014

As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator’s attorneys.

10 Moments That Won or Lost Senate Control

Oct. 27, 2014

The 2014 battle for the Senate has featured a few candidate bumbles and some colorful characters.

Senators Line Up to Be DSCC Chairman in 2016

Oct. 27, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had limited options over the past two cycles as he recruited a chairman to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. But 2016 is likely to be different.

Louisiana Senate Runoff Questions Remain After LSU Win

Oct. 27, 2014

If Louisiana State University’s two conference losses earlier this year had briefly quieted anxious chatter in Bayou State political circles, the school’s Oct. 25 victory over Ole Miss has both college football fans and Senate campaigns in the state keeping a close eye on the rest of the season.

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