Politics and government reporter | Higher Education

Ryan Faircloth covers Minnesota politics and government for the Star Tribune.

Faircloth previously covered higher education and breaking news, contributing to the Star Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the police killing of George Floyd. A 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Faircloth started his career covering state politics for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and was named Minnesota's Young Journalist of the Year by the state Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting at the Capitol. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing boxing and mixed martial arts – sports he once competed in – and searching the Twin Cities for barbecue and tacos that are even half as good as those he had growing up in Houston.


Phillips comes in behind Biden and 'uncommitted' in Michigan primary

The Minnesota presidential candidate received less than 3% of the Democratic primary vote with nearly all votes counted.


Group encourages Minnesota Democrats to vote 'anything but Biden' on Super Tuesday

They hope to push him toward supporting a cease-fire in Gaza.


Dean Phillips' constituents have mixed feelings about White House run

Says one supporter turned critic: "It just seems like he has completely abdicated his responsibility for being our representative."


What's going on with Dean Phillips? He floats Nikki Haley team-up, attacks Walz and Klobuchar

The Minnesota congressman running for president continues to flip-flop on a potential third-party bid.


Tad Jude, former Minnesota judge and legislator, announces GOP campaign for Congress

Jude said he thinks the west-suburban Third District is still winnable for Republicans.


Three years later, some Minnesota Republicans show sympathy toward Jan. 6 rioters

Some Republicans in Minnesota and across the country are pushing revisionist versions of what happened at the U.S. Capitol that day.


What's passed and what's yet to come at the 2024 Minnesota Legislature

From cannabis to sports betting, we track the major bills at the State Capitol this session.


Minn. families rally behind bill to require insurance to cover infertility treatment

Minnesotans who have struggled with infertility shared their stories at the State Capitol.


Minnesota Republicans in Congress vote to impeach Biden's Homeland Security secretary

Republican Reps. Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber and Finstad voted to impeach, while Democrats McCollum, Omar, Phillips and Craig voted against it.


Early tensions emerge as Minnesota lawmakers convene 2024 legislative session

DFLers at the State Capitol have less money to spend this year than last.