2014 National Journal Conference Speaker Bios
Sean Lowry is an Analyst in Public Finance at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, DC. As an economic analyst, Mr. Lowry provides nonpartisan policy analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate regarding small business, economic development, and tax policy. He has developed a broad portfolio of written reports and memoranda within a short period of time, including individual income tax and tax reform issues, Affordable Care Act employer penalty and medical device excise tax, and federal small business financing programs. Mr. Lowry has worked previously as a Research Analyst for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and interned at the U.S. State Department, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the Department of the Treasury. His research has been cited by the New York Times, Brookings Institution-Urban Institute Bipartisan Tax Center, Washington Post, and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in International Affairs and Economics, and an MPP from the University of Maryland College Park.
Paul Kane joined washingtonpost.com in January 2007 to write a blog about Congress. He previously worked at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the inside politics of Capitol Hill. Kane covered the Senate leadership from late 2000 through 2005 for Roll Call, and in 2006 he covered the ongoing ethical scandals that engulfed the 109th Congress. In 2004, he won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage for Congress from the National Press Foundation, and he was awarded "special citation" from the foundation as a runner-up for the Dirksen award in 2006. A veteran of congressional coverage since the early days of the Gingrich revolution, Kane came to Washington in 1995, starting at States News Service, the regional wire service that used to provide local coverage out of the capital for smaller papers across the country. His byline appeared in Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe and Bangor Daily News, among other papers. He also worked in the one-person bureau for The Record of Hackensack, N.J. (1998-2000), getting his first real taste of political corruption as he covered the start of an FBI/Justice Department investigation into favors-for-gifts-and-cash allegations against former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.). Before coming to Washington, Kane took a one-year assignment in 1994 as a copy editor and writing coach for China Daily, the English-language newspaper in Beijing. His daily journalism also includes time spent at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. (1993-1994), and The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. (1992-1993). A 1992 graduate of the University of Delaware, Kane is a native of Maple Glen, Pa., a suburb just outside of Philadelphia.