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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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CBC's Fudge Escalates Push for Obama Cabinet Diversity

March 11, 2013

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge is escalating her campaign to urge President Barack Obama to pick African-Americans for his Cabinet, publicly releasing a letter that slams the first black president for a lack of diversity among his closest advisers.

A Step Back, a Look in the Mirror, a Team Realignment

March 9, 2013

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is working to bolster the communications team at the House GOP Conference, bringing in a bevy of campaign staffers with aspirations of broadening the GOP’s media outreach to new audiences such as moms, minorities and youth.

Cole Pushes Against GOP Right Flank

March 7, 2013

Rep. Tom Cole has firmly staked out a position as a foil to conservative hard-liners in the GOP conference, using the media’s megaphone to push back against Republicans who want to hold a firmer line in spending battles with President Barack Obama.

Boehner Pledges to Stick to the 'Hastert Rule'

March 5, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner sought to assure his conference on Tuesday that the “Hastert rule” is still regular practice, on the heels of breaking it for the third time this Congress.

Issa Works Toward Oversight Legacy

March 2, 2013

In late February 1997, the second month of President Bill Clinton’s second term, the media was in a feeding frenzy over documents obtained by the House oversight panel that showed Clinton had used perks such as overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom to woo big-dollar donors.

McKeon, Armed Services Panel Republicans Decry Cuts

March 1, 2013

House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon decried the sequester spending cuts that will begin hitting the Pentagon on Friday, standing with a group of the panel’s subcommittee chairmen to demand replacement spending cuts.

Boehner: Senate Should Get 'Off Their Ass' on Sequester Solution

Feb. 26, 2013

Three days before the sequester is set to kick in, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio notched up the rhetoric, telling reporters that the Senate should get “off their ass” and pass a bill to replace the across-the-board spending cuts.

Does Boehner Even Have the Votes to Replace the Sequester?

Feb. 22, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision to wait on the Senate before taking up a sequester replacement bill may be more tied to his own difficulties getting the votes for one than to a calculated political messaging strategy.

Republicans Find a Tax Hike They Actually Like

Feb. 22, 2013

Pressed by President Barack Obama to support more revenue increases, congressional Republicans may relent on the carried interest loophole that tends to benefit wealthy Wall Street investors.

CBC Members Push President to Embrace Causes

Feb. 16, 2013

About one month into her new position leading the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge already has shown a willingness to push the nation’s first African-American president aggressively behind the scenes to embrace her group’s priorities.

House GOP to Propose Budget Balance Within a Decade Sans Medicare Cuts

Feb. 15, 2013

A pending budget proposal from House Republicans won’t be “significantly different” on Medicare despite the fact that it will balance in 10 years rather than over several decades, according to Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, vice-chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Let's Get Along: House Freshmen Embrace Bipartisan Comity

Feb. 15, 2013

If the tea party class of 2010 was elected to stand athwart trillion-dollar deficits, yelling “Stop!,” the 2012 class seems to think it was elected to give peace a chance.

House Adjourns for Recess; No More Pro Forma Session for Now

Feb. 15, 2013

The House adjourned and left town Friday for the weeklong Presidents Day recess, as Democrats strenuously objected to the move.

Becerra: Obama Weighing Executive Actions on Immigration

Feb. 13, 2013

A top House Democrat who is participating in bipartisan negotiations on immigration said President Barack Obama is ready to introduce his own legislation and take further executive action if those talks fall apart.

5 House Republicans Who Are Key to Immigration

Feb. 12, 2013

An immigration overhaul — the most significant plank in President Barack Obama’s agenda that could see congressional action — faces its most perilous hurdle in the House.

Hoyer: 'We Have a Paying Problem'

Feb. 12, 2013

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer sought to establish a middle ground in the debate over whether the federal government has a “spending problem,” saying the problem is debt.

Grayson Returns Emboldened

Feb. 10, 2013

“They got rid of me for two years, but now I’m back,” Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson said with a wide grin. To clarify, the Alan Grayson — the insult-dishing, left-wing lightning rod, cable TV mainstay — is back.

Bill Clinton Offers Dose of Reality, Warning to House Dems

Feb. 8, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — At a retreat here that has been notable for the improbable exuberance of an energized House Democratic Caucus, President Bill Clinton offered doubt.

Becerra: Secret Immigration Group 'on the Cusp' of Deal

Feb. 8, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said a secretive bipartisan working group he is part of on immigration is “on the cusp” of striking a deal.

Colbert Hangs With House Democrats at Their Retreat

Feb. 8, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — Comedian Stephen Colbert addressed House Democrats at their retreat here Friday, adding a bit of humor to an agenda dominated by big political fights on Capitol Hill.

Obama to Help House Democrats Recruit Candidates

Feb. 8, 2013

Updated 2:30 p.m. | LEESBURG, Va. — President Barack Obama has agreed to do more than just raise money for House Democrats’ effort to win back the majority in 2014: He is also going to help with candidate recruitment.

House Democrats Appear Energized as Leaders Lay Out Plan for Caucus

Feb. 7, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — The mood among House Democrats these days — gathered for what amounts to an annual party pep rally — does a good job of masking their status as the least relevant caucus on Capitol Hill.

Obama Urges Democrats to Stick Together in Continued Fights

Feb. 7, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — President Barack Obama took a hard line on looming automatic spending cuts Thursday, saying a standoff with Republicans over whether to replace the cuts in part with new tax increases is “an argument I’m more than willing to engage in.”

Biden Issues Emotional Plea to Democrats on Gun Proposals

Feb. 6, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. delivered an emotional push for gun control measures that the administration is proposing at a House Democratic retreat here, saying recent tragedies leave lawmakers no choice but to act to mitigate the damage of future incidents.

Democrats See Hopeful Signals From Republicans on Immigration

Feb. 6, 2013

LEESBURG, Va. — Top Democrats are walking a fine line in assessing the GOP’s signals on an immigration overhaul, both criticizing what they described as tepid steps forward by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor while praising what Republicans privately say they will be willing to do.

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