Maya Rao | Star Tribune
Reporter | Washington Bureau

Maya Rao covers the federal government for the Star Tribune and is based in Washington, D.C.

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.


Outside political money poured into Minnesota's congressional races

Most of the $72 million spent on key races came from outside Minnesota. Advocacy and political organizations spent more than $43 million trying to flip key competitive congressional seats in the Twin Cities suburbs, southern Minnesota and the Iron Range.


Fresh from win, Klobuchar swept up in presidential speculation

It hasn't been a month since Election Day, but Democrats are starting to search for an opponent to President Donald Trump in two years.


Emmer takes lead role in rebuilding effort by U.S. House Republicans

Sixth District congressman has ascended rapidly in national politics since 2015.


Minnesota is sending big freshman class to Congress

Minnesota's five new representatives are replacing members with 42 years of accumulated seniority and several influential committee assignments. "The more seniority you have, the bigger difference you're able to make," said retiring Rep. Rick Nolan.


Jim Hagedorn picks up Minnesota's First District for Republicans

Republican Jim Hagedorn narrowly defeated Democrat Dan Feehan in southern Minnesota's First Congressional District, declaring victory Wednesday morning after a close race that saw the…


GOP's Jim Hagedorn wins Minnesota's First District seat on fourth try

Republican Jim Hagedorn was elected to Congress in southern Minnesota’s First District, defeating the DFL’s Dan Feehan in a fiercely contested race that was closely…


DFLer Peterson re-elected to U.S. House in Seventh District seat he's held since 1991

Longtime U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson on Tuesday won re-election over Republican Dave Hughes to represent a largely rural and right-of-center district that blankets much of…


DFLer Craig unseats GOP's Lewis in Minnesota's Second District

Craig defeated the freshman congressman in the Second Congressional District after losing to him two years ago.


'Try to find common ground': Smith, Housley spar in their final debate

Rivals for U.S. Senate tackle tax cuts, health care, immigration.


GOP tax cuts are campaign fodder in race between Erik Paulsen, Dean Phillips

Campaign 2018: GOP candidate is touting his work on the bill despite a mixed verdict in national polls.