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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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House Democrats to Get SOTU Preview from Obama at Retreat

Feb. 5, 2013

House Democrats are heading to a retreat in Leesburg, Va., unified around a more aggressively liberal agenda put forward by President Barack Obama at his inaugural address, but they are facing lingering questions about how they’ll navigate the difficult path back to a House majority.

Messaging Blame Game on Budget Continues in House

Feb. 5, 2013

This week’s rhetoric over the budget — or lack thereof, yet — showcases a messaging war over the blame game between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Boehner Hits Obama on Sequester

Feb. 4, 2013

In a three-minute House floor speech, Speaker John A. Boehner repeatedly tried to pin the looming sequester cuts on President Barack Obama and said he is seeking to replace the cuts with “responsible reforms.”

Goodlatte at Nexus of Obama Agenda

Feb. 3, 2013

Virginia Republican Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is important, but don’t expect him to tell you that.

In House, Signs of Openness on Immigration

Jan. 31, 2013

In South Carolina, it’s a good sign you’re among conservatives when the founder of RINO Hunt — “RINO” being short for Republicans In Name Only, of course — is there.

Hoyer Works Against, but Doesn't Formally Whip, Debt Bill

Jan. 23, 2013

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is urging his Democratic colleagues to vote against a debt ceiling measure on the House floor Wednesday, potentially making it more difficult for Republicans to pass the bill.

Debt Limit Plan Holds Together, for Now

Jan. 23, 2013

House Republican leadership scored a rout over Democrats and detractors in their own conference Wednesday by passing a short-term debt limit bill as Democratic opposition crumbled and Republicans provided a relatively unified vote on a major spending bill.

Despite Complaints, GOP Leaders Sticking With 'No Budget, No Pay'

Jan. 22, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is sticking by his “no budget, no pay” proposal, despite some griping within his conference that the plan is no good, and he seems to be bringing much of the conference along with him.

On Debt Ceiling, Conservatives Counting on Leadership Promises

Jan. 22, 2013

The restive right flank of the House Republican Conference appears willing to walk the plank Wednesday on a short-term debt limit extension, but it is vowing there will be “hell to pay” if GOP leaders don’t follow through on agreements they made to secure conservative support.

GOP Finds Little to Like in Obama's Inaugural Address

Jan. 21, 2013

Republicans by and large held their fire Monday following the peaceful installation of the nation’s commander in chief, but by next month’s State of the Union address, the so-called “loyal opposition” is unlikely to equivocate in expressing its simmering frustration with President Barack Obama.

Republicans May Have Debt Ceiling Strategy

Jan. 18, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Republicans came here to begin forming a strategy for the series of upcoming spending battles and ended up finding one before their retreat was even over.

Issa: 'No Budget, No Pay' Is Unconstitutional

Jan. 18, 2013

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said constitutional problems may doom a debt ceiling plan announced earlier Friday by House leaders, but the Republican lawmaker said he has a replacement in mind.

House GOP to Offer Debt Limit Hike in Exchange for Senate Budget

Jan. 18, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — After a private three-day strategy session here, House Republicans are poised to announce a plan to allow a temporary debt limit increase on the condition that the Senate adopts a budget.

House GOP Is Regrouping, but Not Retreating From Hard-Line Strategies

Jan. 17, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Members lined up 15 deep behind a microphone to address their peers at a closed-door GOP meeting here that has significant implications for the future of House Republicans and the nation.

After 38 Years in the House, Pelosi's Chief of Staff Retires

Jan. 17, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s longtime chief of staff, John Lawrence, is retiring, and Nadeam Elshami, previously Pelosi’s communications director, will replace him.

House GOP Seeks to Draw Out Debt Ceiling Fight

Jan. 17, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — House Republicans are considering a short-term increase to the debt limit that would essentially create another fiscal cliff in an attempt to force Democrats to agree to spending cuts.

Democrats Blast Increased House Legal Fees for Defense of DOMA

Jan. 15, 2013

Two top House Democrats are criticizing House Republicans for spending additional taxpayer funds to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Obama to Unveil Gun Plan Wednesday

Jan. 15, 2013

President Barack Obama will unveil around noon Wednesday a plan to reduce gun violence that includes legislative proposals and executive actions, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed at his Tuesday briefing.

Huelskamp Fundraises Off Vote Against Boehner

Jan. 7, 2013

Rep. Tim Huelskamp is citing a vote against his own party’s speaker in an appeal for campaign funds.

Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought

Jan. 6, 2013

A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned.

Hoyer Announces Additions to Whip Team

Jan. 4, 2013

Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer announced several additions to his whip team, including Rep. Keith Ellison, a co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus.

Boehner Won't Punish Coup Plotters

Jan. 4, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner told GOP members Friday morning that he isn’t seeking vengeance after a fledgling coup attempt made his re-election as speaker more eventful than predicted.

Cornyn, Conservatives Say Partial Government Shutdown Possible in Debt Standoff

Jan. 4, 2013

Conservative GOP leaders in both chambers are brandishing the threat of a potential partial government shutdown to force deep spending cuts in a new round of negotiations on the debt limit and other major budget questions coming up in Congress.

Party Drama Dogs Boehner Into 113th

Jan. 3, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio beat back a last-minute and loosely organized insurrection against his leadership Thursday, securing the votes to retain the gavel but not without the signature intraparty drama of the 112th Congress.

Boehner Re-Elected as Speaker

Jan. 3, 2013

Rep. John A. Boehner was re-elected as speaker Thursday, winning election with 220 votes out of 426 cast. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California received 192 votes.

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