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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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James Clyburn Looks to Ascend in Leadership

Oct. 31, 2012

The upcoming Democratic leadership elections pose risks for the Congressional Black Caucus, as questions surround Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn’s future and how the group would fare in a leadership shake-up.

Critics of Ryan Budget Question Effect on Hurricane Preparedness

Oct. 29, 2012

With Hurricane Sandy making waves, proposed cuts to discretionary spending in the House GOP’s budget are getting a closer look for their effect on disaster preparedness.

Ron Paul-Inspired Group Lobbies for Bill Prompted by Paul Reimbursements

Oct. 28, 2012

A nonprofit group founded to push Rep. Ron Paul’s agenda on Capitol Hill has put its weight behind a bill inspired by a reimbursement snafu of Paul’s.

Trade Commission Scores Tariff Proposals That Would Benefit Mike Fitzpatrick Donors

Oct. 27, 2012

In May, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), along with scores of other lawmakers engaged in similar activity, submitted 12 bills to suspend importation duties on chemicals such as Isoviolanthrone Crude Dry Presscake and 4-Sulfo-1,8-naphthalic anhydride potassium salt. The proposals would reduce taxes companies pay when they import chemicals from overseas to produce products here in the United States.

Busy Chris Van Hollen Looking at Leadership?

Oct. 24, 2012

As speculation continues about the House Democratic leadership structure in the next Congress, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been particularly busy.

Democratic Leadership Elections Moved to Nov. 29

Oct. 24, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on a conference call with Members today that Democratic leadership elections will take place Nov. 29.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Back in Mayo Clinic, Future Uncertain

Oct. 24, 2012

Embattled Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is back at the Mayo Clinic for a “follow-up evaluation,” and a lawmaker friend said bluntly that it is unclear if the Illinois Democrat will return to Congress, according to press reports.

Nancy Pelosi’s Future Looms Over Leadership Races

Oct. 23, 2012

Democrats are now talking openly about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future in the House.

Caucus Election Timing In Flux

Oct. 22, 2012

An attempt by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to delay Democratic leadership elections has provoked concern among some supporters of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) that she may be maneuvering to block his ascent to the top Democratic slot.

In Louisiana, Member-Vs.-Member Race Is Heating Up

Oct. 15, 2012

The mud is starting to fly in Louisiana in a fierce Republican Member-vs.-Member race that pits a close ally of Speaker John Boehner’s against a fiery tea-party-backed rookie.

Nancy Pelosi Keeps Busy Travel Schedule

Oct. 13, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is keeping her foot on the gas pedal as Election Day approaches.

RSC Chairman Jim Jordan: Sequester Better Than Nothing

Oct. 12, 2012

Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the Republican Study Committee and a leading House conservative, is drawing a firm line over looming automatic spending cuts, saying that while slashing the defense budget is undesirable, it is better than nothing.

Embattled Scott DesJarlais Gavels In House Pro Forma

Oct. 12, 2012

In the midst of a scandal over pressuring his mistress to get an abortion in 2000, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) served as Speaker Pro Tem today, gaveling in a minutes-long pro forma session at the behest of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Spokesman: No Darrell Issa Hearing on Unemployment Numbers

Oct. 11, 2012

A spokesman for House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he is not planning a hearing on recently issued unemployment numbers that showed improvement to the economy.

Democratic Members Will Spin for Joseph Biden

Oct. 11, 2012

Democratic Members of Congress were missing from President Barack Obama’s post-debate spin team last week, but they will be in on the action after tonight’s debate between Vice President Joseph Biden and the GOP vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.).

Democrats Hang Tough on Mitt Romney Debate Bounce

Oct. 9, 2012

House Democrats are hanging tough and hewing closely to their talking points as new polls show a significant bounce for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney following his performance at Wednesday’s debate with President Barack Obama.

State Department’s Inspector General Situation Attracts Scrutiny

Oct. 5, 2012

As questions swirl about the security measures in place at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, critics are questioning why the State Department does not have a Senate-confirmed inspector general.

Post-Debate Spin Featured Few Congressional Democrats

Oct. 4, 2012

In the minutes and hours after a debate in which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was broadly seen as winning against President Barack Obama, Republicans relied on a chorus of Congressional voices to herald Romney's performance.

House Democrats Big on Talk, Not on Walk

Oct. 3, 2012

House Democrats are taking to the floor during the current recess's pro forma sessions to protest Congressional inaction on a host of pressing issues - tax rates set to increase at year's end, looming spending cuts and expired farm policies.

Joe Crowley Builds Support for Caucus Vice Chairman Bid

Oct. 1, 2012

Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.) has been quietly assembling an A-list team in his unannounced bid for vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus.

What it Takes: Jared Polis Edition

Sept. 29, 2012

In the front seat of his chief of staff's Volvo station wagon, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is "focused on winning back the House," part of a sentence that ends abruptly when he answers his cellphone.

Grover Norquist Excited About 'Won't Back Down'

Sept. 27, 2012

Grover Norquist: president of Americans for Tax Reform, anti-communism operative, Republican activist, film buff.

House Quiet on Fiscal Cliff Strategy

Sept. 26, 2012

The Senate is abuzz with meetings, planning and trial balloons on how Congress will address the fiscal cliff, a phenomenon that threatens a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts in the new year that most economists believe could tip the United States back into recession.

House Pro Forma Gets Fleeting Moment of Drama

Sept. 25, 2012

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) this morning issued a brief plea for the House to return from recess as Republicans gaveled in a pro forma session.

On Fiscal Cliff, Progressives Issue Poverty Plea

Sept. 24, 2012

Amid talks about taxes slated to rise on "middle-income folks" and looming spending cuts on the defense sector, a group of liberal Democrats is urging Congressional leaders to focus on "the most vulnerable Americans."

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