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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amethyst Archer probably wasn’t 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, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
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.
“We’re working on my beauty here,” Reid said, with two lingering bruises still gracing his right cheek. “I’ve got these on. Tomorrow we’re going to try some other things. I can see out of my right eye, just not very well. It hasn’t healed. I have to be a patient patient. I appreciate your interest, but it’s the best I can do.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he will not seek the Senate seat opened by the retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
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.
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.
New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.
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.
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.
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.
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.