Congressional Outlook: U.S. House of Representatives

By Anita Estell

As of November 30, 2018, almost every congressional seat had been decided, except for the seat in the ninth congressional district of North Carolina, which is expected to stay Republican.  All told, claimed a gain of 45 seats – allowing them to hold 235 seats to Republicans 200 I the 116th Congress.

In an article written by David Wasserman, Editor of the The Cook Political Report, Democrats won over 53 percent of all votes cast for the House compared to 45 percent for Republicans. Currently, Democrats have the House vote by 8.4 percent and make up 62 of the 93 members of the freshman class.

For women of color, there were several historic firsts, mainly in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 
HISTORIC FIRSTS FOR WOMEN OF COLOR ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN 2018
Youngest Woman Elected to Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
First Muslim Women Elected to Congress Ilhan Omar (D-MN)&
Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
First Black Woman Elected From Massachusetts to Congress Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)
First Native American Women Elected to Congress Sharice Davids (D-KS) &
Deb Haaland (D-NM)
First Black Woman Elected to Congress From Connecticut Jahana Hayes (D-CT)
First Latinas From Texas Elected to Congress Veronica Escobar (D-TX)&
Sylvia Garcia (D-TX

U.S. House of Representative Leadership Teams for 2019

 
LEADERSHIP TEAMS FOR THE 116TH CONGRESS
DEMOCRATS REPUBLICANS
Position Member of Congress Postion Member of Congress
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) Chair, Republican Conference Liz Cheney (R-WY)
Asst. Majority Leader Ben Lujan (D- NM) Chair, National Republican Campaign Committee,  Chair Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Chair, Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Chair, Policy Committee Gary Palmer (R-AL)
Vice Chair, Democratic Caucus Katherine M. Clark (D-MA) Vice Chair, Republican Conference Mark Walker (R- NC)
Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Cheri Busots (D-IL) Secretary, Republican Conference Jason Smith (R-MO)
Chair, Democratic Policy & Communications Committee David Cicilline (D-RI)