Washington Bureau Chief | Politics and government

Patrick Condon is the Star Tribune's Washington bureau chief. He was previously the paper's politics/government team leader, supervising a team of reporters who cover Minnesota politics in St. Paul and Washington. He has worked at the Star Tribune since 2014 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Associated Press.

Condon grew up in Watertown, Minn., and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with degrees in journalism and English. He lives in Minneapolis.


Sen. Tina Smith, Jason Lewis spar over Supreme Court vacancy

The heated politics of the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy are spilling into Minnesota's Senate race, with Sen. Tina Smith and Republican challenger Jason Lewis pressing opposite views.


Trump, Biden stage dueling campaign stops today in northern Minnesota

Joe Biden looks to reassert Democratic competitiveness beyond the Twin Cities and suburbs, while President Donald Trump is aiming to shore up his backing from 2016.


Politics is stranger than fiction

In her new novel "Rodham," Minneapolis-based fiction writer Curtis Sittenfeld offers up a tantalizing premise: What would the past couple of decades of American politics…


Fired staffer to Rep. Jim Hagedorn pushes back after mail controversy

Peter Su has an audio recording of a phone conversation in which the Minnesota Republican said that "I don't believe there's any problem" with taxpayer-funded mail.


Jill Biden, Donald Trump Jr. headed to Minnesota next week to campaign

The rise in activity reflects a growing sense that Minnesota could be a pivotal swing state in the election.


Minnesota DFL blasts GOP campaign practices in pandemic

DFL shows prominent Republicans unmasked in close proximity.


Minnesota Republicans celebrate finale of virtual convention in person

Mark Lang gathered with fellow Republicans on Thursday night in support of President Donald Trump, he said, for many reasons that he was happy to…


E-mails show U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn involved with constituent mail decisions

Southern Minnesota Republican's heavy spending on constituent mail now under scrutiny.


Trump sets sights on Minnesota with 2020 'law-and-order' pitch

Positioning Republicans as a force for stability in the aftermath of the protests and riots that followed George Floyd's killing is central to his bet.


Klobuchar urges national unity in convention speech

The Minnesota senator's convention speech echoed some of the pragmatic themes of her own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year.