Cotton Belt reps ready for House

Cotton Belt states are represented by 33 new members in the House and four new members in the Senate.

For the first time in six decades, the minority party gained more than 60 seats in the House of Representatives. Republicans will hold a commanding majority of at least 20 seats in that chamber — surpassing even the “Republican Revolution” of the 1994 elections by nearly 15 percent.

As the returns were posted on election night, few Democratic incumbents found comfort or safety. Among the losses, Democrats can count nearly half of the moderate “Blue Dog” Caucus, half of the House Agriculture Committee, along with a number of long-serving chairmen of key committees.

In the House, Republicans became the Majority party with 239 members and 186 Democratic members, with 10 seats still undecided.

There are 33 new Cotton Belt representatives:

Ala.-2 Martha Roby (R), Ala.-5 Mo Brooks (R), Ala.-7 Terri Sewell (D),
 Ark.-1 Rick Crawford (R), Ark.-2 Tim Griffin (R), Ark.-3 Steve Womack (R), 
Ariz.-1 Paul Gosar (R), Ariz.-3 Ben Quayle (R), Ariz.-5 David Schweikert (R), 
Calif.-19 Jeff Denham (R), 
Fla.-2 Steve Southerland (R), Fla.-5 Richard Nugent (R),
 Ga.-7 Rob Woodall (R), Ga.-8 Austin Scott (R),
 Kan.-1 Tim Huelskamp (R), Kan.-4 Mike Pompeo (R), 
La.-2 Cedric Richmond (D), La.-3 Jeff Landry (R),
 Miss.-1 Alan Nunnelee (R), Miss.-4 Steven Palazzo (R), 
N.C.-2 Renee Ellmers (R), 
Okla.-5 James Lankford (R), 
S.C.-1 Tim Scott (R), S.C.-3 Jeff Duncan (R), S.C.-4 Trey Gowdy (R), S.C.-5 Mick Mulvaney (R),
 Tenn.-3 Chuck Fleishmann (R), Tenn.-6 Diane Black (R), Tenn.-8 Stephen Fincher (R),
 Texas-17 Bill Flores (R), Texas-23 Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R), and
 Va.-2 Scott Rigell (R), Va.-5 Robert Hurt (R).

There are five Cotton Belt House races that are still undecided: Ariz.-8 Giffords (D), Calif.-11 McNerney (D), Calif.-20 Costa (D) and Texas-27 Ortiz (D).

In the Senate, the Democratic majority was reduced to 53 seats (including two Independents who caucus with Democrats) to 47 Republicans. New Senate members from the Cotton Belt include: Boozman (R-Ark.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Moran (R-Kan.) and Blunt (R-Mo.). Sens. Shelby (R-Ala.), McCain (R-Ariz.), Boxer (D-Calif.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Vitter (R-La.), Burr (R-N.C.), Coburn (R-Okla.) and DeMint (R-S.C.) were re-elected to a new six-year term.

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