David Baumann

David Baumann sorts through the maze of United States politics, policies and elections. David has been writing stories from our nation’s capital for more than two decades.


David is Managing Editor of Main Justice, a news website that covers politics, policy and the law. Before joining Main Justice, David was an editor at Congressional Quarterly Weekly, a widely read magazine inside the D.C. Beltway. He spent more than 14 years at the National Journal Group, where he covered Congress and the federal budget for National Journal Magazine and served as Senior Reporter at CongressDaily, a twice-a-day publication.

He began his Washington career as a reporter for Education Daily, a publication that covered federal education policy. He spent almost eight years as a reporter and Senior Reporter at The Republic, a daily newspaper in Columbus, Indiana.


David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and he earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

David Baumann

“At its heart, politics is about people—their goals, their desires, their likes and dislikes. We are overloaded with information these days. My goal is to make politics come alive for my readers—to help them sort through the mountain of news, some accurate and some not, that confronts them each day.”

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