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Jonathan Strong


Jonathan Strong covers House leadership for Roll Call. He previously served as an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller and before that reported on environmental regulations for Inside EPA.

Strong’s interests outside of politics include the Washington Capitals ice hockey team and fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area but maintains deep and abiding ties to California through family and frequent visits there.

Strong and his wife reside in Arlington, Va.

Strong no longer works for Roll Call.

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Artur Davis, ‘Hercules’ Actor Appear Before GOP

Sept. 23, 2012

Republicans booked some out-of-the-ordinary guests at their internal meetings in the past few days.

Justice IG Sides With Darrell Issa on Wiretaps

Sept. 20, 2012

It's been a key subject of dispute throughout the "Fast and Furious" saga but one shrouded in mystery: whether wiretap applications reviewed and approved by senior Justice Department officials should have tipped them off about the dangerous tactics being used in the operation.

Darrell Issa Won't Halt 'Fast and Furious' Probe

Sept. 19, 2012

At 471 pages - based on 100,000 documents and more than 130 interviews - the highly critical Justice Department Office of the Inspector General report on the "Fast and Furious" scandal is thorough. But that doesn't mean the issue is finished on Capitol Hill.

Nancy Pelosi Slams Mitt Romney on 'Today'

Sept. 19, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) this morning kept up the Democratic onslaught on Mitt Romney on NBC's "Today," saying a videotape of the Republican presidential nominee's now-infamous "47 percent" comments from a May fundraiser "demonstrated the demeaning attitude" Romney has "toward a large segment of the American people."

Republican Study Committee, Anti-Poverty Group Reach Out

Sept. 16, 2012

"I know one thing: That poverty is not even being discussed in this campaign, by either party," Bob Woodson said. But it was being discussed last week on Capitol Hill by Woodson, the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, a throng of fellow anti-poverty activists and two conservative Congressmen representing the Republican Study Committee.

Congress On Pace to Be Least Productive

Sept. 12, 2012

The 112th Congress is on track to be the least productive in modern history, as partisan wrangling between the Republican-led House, the Democratic-run Senate and President Barack Obama has taken its toll on legislative action.

Town Hall Events Provide Pitfalls at Home

Sept. 11, 2012

Angry voters confronting Members of Congress at town hall events - especially in August 2009 and 2010 over a Democratic health care bill - helped provide momentum that the GOP rode to control of the House.

Democrats Split on Wiretap Reauthorization

Sept. 11, 2012

Breaking with President Barack Obama, two top House Democrats today expressed their opposition to reauthorizing a wiretap law that was broadened after the 9/11 attacks.

Police: Woman Threatened Trey Gowdy with Gun

Sept. 10, 2012

A woman was arrested in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday after making strange demands of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) while holding a gun, according to police.

'Fast and Furious' Report Coming

Sept. 7, 2012

Since Republicans began tormenting him almost two years ago over a botched gun-smuggling investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder has wielded it as a shield.

Republicans Pounce on Debt Milestone

Sept. 4, 2012

Around 4 p.m. today the Treasury Department released new figures showing the federal debt had climbed to more than $16 trillion. The news was expected, and Republicans were ready.

Inspector General’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Report Imminent, Hearing Set

Sept. 4, 2012

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has scheduled a hearing for next week that will feature testimony from the Justice Department’s inspector general, signaling that a key report on the “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal will be released in the coming days.

Darrell Issa Suit: Eric Holder's Executive Privilege Claim 'Legally Baseless'

Aug. 13, 2012

A lawsuit filed today by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) alleged Attorney General Eric Holder is standing on a "legally baseless" claim in refusing to provide internal Justice Department documents relating to the "Fast and Furious" gun walking investigation.

Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday

Aug. 12, 2012

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation.

John Boehner Spokesman to Become Traveling Press Aide for Paul Ryan

Aug. 11, 2012

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), is slated to become the traveling press secretary for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has been named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate.

Defense Spending Bill Causes Stir in Pennsylvania

Aug. 10, 2012

Some Pennsylvania Republicans are scrambling to explain their votes for a House spending bill now that it appears a range of Army depots and arsenals could face severe, unanticipated cuts under the legislation.

A ‘Who’s on First’ Blame Game on Stalled Russia Trade Bill

Aug. 8, 2012

It’s a priority of President Barack Obama’s, supported by top lawmakers in the Republican-led House, was reported out of the Senate Finance Committee unanimously weeks ago, and is a major ask by the business lobby.

Deal, Timing Allowed Recess to Proceed

Aug. 7, 2012

The House belatedly went along with the Senate in agreeing to an adjournment resolution today, but President Barack Obama is not expected to use the opportunity to make uncontested recess appointments.

Conservatives Surprise on CR

Aug. 1, 2012

In a surprising contrast from their hard-line stances during the spending and debt ceiling standoffs earlier this Congress, conservative Republicans, led by Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), became the leading voice for punting on a would-be standoff on fiscal 2013 spending.

Caucus Vice Chairman Slot Up for Grabs

July 31, 2012

Ask the Democratic lawmakers involved, and they’ll swear to you they’re focused on one thing only: winning as many seats as they can in November’s elections, hopefully propelling their party into the House majority.

Contemplating a Post-Pelosi House

July 30, 2012

Facing an uphill battle to reclaim the House in November, many Democrats are speculating whether Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi might leave Congress after the elections and are wondering what sort of fallout the leadership structure would face if she did.

Typogate, the Sequel

July 26, 2012

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) attributed it to Murphy’s law — that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

GOP Typo Fix Has Typo, Too

July 26, 2012

A resolution to fix a major typo in the GOP’s regulatory moratorium bill has a typo of its own, which prompted Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) to make a tearful plea to Democrats to consent on the House floor to fix the second error.

GOP Will Bring Typo Fix to House Floor

July 25, 2012

Republicans plan to use some procedural gymnastics to fix a typo in their regulatory moratorium bill.

House Bid to Cut Red Tape Gets Snagged

July 25, 2012

What was meant to be the House GOP’s week to cut red tape has turned out to be full of its own bureaucratic hurdles. A typo caused stumbling blocks for the week’s signature legislation, and another bill was sidelined when leadership could not drum up enough support to justify bringing it to the floor.

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