Mark Stricherz is an award-winning, Capitol Hill political reporter at Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call. He earned a B.A. in political science from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago. After working in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps to redevelop an inner-city neighborhood in Baton Rouge, he became a newspaper reporter. His articles have appeared in many national publications, including the Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, the New Republic, and Christianity Today. He is the author of Why the Democrats are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the decline of the People’s Party (2007).