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Patrick Condon

Washington Bureau Chief | Politics and government
Phone: 202-662-7452

Patrick Condon is a politics and government reporter for the Star Tribune. 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.
Recent content from Patrick Condon
Gov. Tim Walz spoke at the Capitol on Jan. 15. ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Walz's school spending plan focuses on racial equity

The state faces a $1.3 billion budget deficit, but Gov. Tim Walz is still aiming for a hefty spending increase for schools.
President Joe Biden spoke with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who will chair the Rules Committee, at his inauguration.

Minnesota congressional delegation sees much work ahead

A new Democratic president occupies the White House. With a House majority and a new, narrow majority in the Senate, Democrats control Washington completely for…
U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber spoke to the crowd at “Reagan Day at the Ranch”, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in Chisago Count

Minnesota tribes blast Rep. Stauber for opposing Interior nomination

Stauber didn't tell Minnesota tribes of his effort to block Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., celebrates with U.S. President Joe Biden as he prepares to deliver his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Ca

An emotional Inauguration Day for Minnesotans in Congress

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar got the Biden inauguration going with a call to protect democracy.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) spoke during the DFL Election Night Watch Party. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.comBACKGROUND INFORM

For Sen. Klobuchar, a speaking role in today's inauguration festivities

As top Democrat on Senate Rules Committee, Minnesota's Klobuchar to be front and center at inauguration.
A member of the National Guard closed a section of security fencing outside the Capitol in Washington, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

Nation's capital locks down ahead of Biden inauguration

The deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump has cast an ominous shadow over the ceremony, already scaled back because of COVID-19.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

Impeachment vote shows sharp party-line split for Minnesota delegation

None of the votes from Minnesota's eight-member delegation was a surprise.
President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber at a 2018 campaign rally in Duluth, with Rep. Tom Emmer in the background.

Minnesota Republicans in Congress dismiss impeachment

All said Tuesday that they are opposed to the impeachment of President Donald Trump in his final days in office, arguing it would be divisive after previously expressing doubts about the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden's win.
People sang the national anthem Saturday during a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of President Donald Trump.

Many Trump fans acknowledge election loss, but vow not to abandon him

As Trump exits the White House, the fury of his loyalists is likely to remain a potent force in GOP politics in Minnesota and the nation.
People posed with signs thanking law enforcement Saturday as Minnesota state troopers stood guard outside the State Capitol during a rally supporting

Trump supporters gather at Minnesota Capitol

About 100 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered Saturday at the Minnesota State Capitol, waving flags, chanting, praying and expressing support for the president's discounted…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., prepares to announce the Electoral College votes from Arizona as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to conf

Sen. Klobuchar says Capitol breach can never happen again

Soon to be chairing Senate Rules Committee, Klobuchar will likely be part of official response.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., prepares to announce the Electoral College votes from Arizona as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to conf

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Capitol breach can never happen again

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that federal lawmakers must do everything they can in the coming weeks and months to ensure that the U.S. Capitol…
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Congress held

Star Tribune reporter in Washington witnessed U.S. Capitol scene

Star Tribune journalist saw guns drawn, police holding off protesters at press room door.
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Star Tribune reporter in Washington witnessed U.S. Capitol scene

Star Tribune journalist saw guns drawn, police holding off protesters at press room door.
Gov. Tim Walz

Will Gov. Walz extend Minnesota virus restrictions?

Business closures expire Jan. 11, so an announcement is expected soon.
Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls earlier this year.

When's the last time a Minn. Republican won a majority statewide?

You have to go back a full quarter century for the answer.
In this October 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn) hosted a town hall meeting at Blaine City Hall. ]  LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startri

Rep. Tom Emmer says national debt drove his opposition to $2K relief checks

Emmer alone in Minnesota delegation in opposition to boosting COVID relief for individuals.
Protesters in favor of defunding the police shouted at Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during a June 6 demonstration.

Disruption defined Minnesota's year in politics

Often, events dictate the direction of our politics.Sometimes, politicians and their actions shape the course of events.Then there was 2020. As the year wraps up,…
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., holds up images of people in America standing in food distribution lines, as he speaks during a news conference with th

Minnesotans in Congress get behind relief package

Sen. Klobuchar, Reps. Omar and Phillips all come out for COVID relief, say more will be needed.
Rep. Jim Ramstad, with wife Kathryn, represented the Third Congressional District, centered in western Hennepin County, from 1991 to 2009.

Bill proposes naming Wayzata post office for former Rep. Jim Ramstad

Minnesota's full congressional delegation is on board with a proposal to rename Wayzata's post office in honor of former congressman Jim Ramstad, who died last month.