Republicans Take Over House Control, While Democrats Hang Onto Senate Majority
November 3, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – In the biggest shift in House of Representatives power since 1948, Republicans picked up at least 60 House seats during yesterday’s election, putting Ohio’s John Boehner in place to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. Joining Boehner in the House will be newly-elected members such as Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, who won a House seat in Kentucky, and Marco Rubio, who carried his Florida House race, the U.K. Telegraph reports.
Democrats held onto the Senate majority, and many analysts believe they will need it to stave off what could be a flood of Republican legislation from the House. Boehner has already pledged to “do things differently,” starting with cutting spending and reducing the size of government, the Telegraph reports.
Senate Democrats Harry Reid of Nevada and Barbara Boxer of California held onto their seats, despite strong Republican competition. However, Republicans did take over formerly Democratic seats in Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Illinois—which was President Obama’s former Senate seat, the Telegraph notes.