Paul Kane

Washington, D.C.

Senior congressional correspondent and columnist

Education: University of Delaware, BA

Paul Kane has covered Congress since 2000, when he started at Roll Call with a beat focused on the Senate. He started with The Washington Post in 2007, covering the 2008 financial crisis and the Obama-Republican fiscal wars. He began writing a regular column, @PKCapitol, on Congress and its interactions with the Trump administration in 2017. He's covered Washington's response to the global pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, two impeachments and now writes about the Biden administration's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
Latest from Paul Kane

The Jan. 6 committee bet big with Cassidy Hutchinson. Did it pay off?

The committee’s decision to accelerate her testimony has led to second-guessing, but also produced some of the most memorable hearing moments to date.

July 2, 2022

He was prepared to kill Jan. 6 rioters. Now MAGA voters may give him a Senate seat

Close friends since entering Congress together a decade ago, Reps. Rodney Davis and Markwayne Mullin met different fates Tuesday, both based on GOP voters reactions to the Capitol insurrection.

July 2, 2022

Supreme Court steps into a void left by congressional dysfunction

Decades of congressional gridlock on everything from gun violence to immigration to abortion rights have left a vaccum that a newly empowered right-wing bloc of Supreme Court justices have seized

June 25, 2022

Liz Cheney aims to recruit crossover Democrats in her primary

Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican fighting for political survival after clashing with former president Donald Trump, has started sending Democrats instructions on how to swap parties and vote for her in a primary.

June 23, 2022

Subpoena for Daniel Snyder, scrutiny for Roger Goodell at partisan hearing

The NFL commissioner did not relent when pressed to release the full findings of the league's investigation of the Commanders' workplace.

June 22, 2022

Pete Aguilar’s rising star status meets the moment at Jan. 6 hearing

The four-term congressman from Southern California is poised to vault high up into Democratic leadership circles whenever the caucus makes its generational shift, with a possible path to becoming the first Hispanic speaker of the House.

June 18, 2022

Two rooms with historic view: After 230 years, women’s names adorn Senate rooms

Former senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Margaret Chase Smith were honored last week at a dedication ceremony.

June 16, 2022

Rep. Liz Cheney tells Americans why Jan. 6 should terrify them

These hearings could mark the pinnacle of Cheney’s political career or the end of it.

June 10, 2022

Democrats hope narrow gun approach will pressure Republicans to act

Democrats facing difficult elections believe giving proposals one by one will raise the heat.

June 4, 2022