Scott Bland will take over as the new editor of NJ‘s “House Race Hotline,” replacing Jessica Taylor when she moves to the Rothenburg Political Report. “House Race Hotline” is a subsidiary of National Journal Hotline.

Bland, who’s probably not as bland as his surname, joined NJ in September 2010 as a research assistant, doing data-driven electoral and demographic reporting with NJ editorial director Ronald Brownstein.

From Brownstein: “In his role, Scott became the critical figure for the entire newsroom in the development of what we call our ‘quantitative’ approach to politics. His creative and assured use of electronic data has allowed us to break ground on many fronts – in particular in developing rigorous and insightful ways of analyzing the patterns of Congressional votes.

Bland’s work has also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, TheAtlantic.com, and several Scripps Howard newspapers. Scott graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a B.A. in history. He is a native of Ithaca, NY.