Democrats Take the House, Republicans Increase Senate Majority

The 2018 Midterm election saw Republicans make gains in the Senate, primarily in farm-states, while Democrats took back the house through suburban districts across the country.

Some notable wins for Republicans were in Indiana, where Mike Braun (R) defeated incumbent Joe Donnelly (D); North Dakota, where Kevin Cramer (R) defeated incumbent Heidi Heitkamp (D); and Missouri, where Josh Hawley (R) defeated incumbent Claire McCaskill (D). For Democrats in the house, several farm-state districts were flipped in Kansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

There are still several races being counted as of Wednesday morning, and the Florida senate race has been put into a recount due to state law.

The 116th congress will see a Democrat controlled house and Republicans increasing their margin of control in the senate. It is yet to be known what committee assignments will be in both chambers.

LMA members are encouraged to reach out to LMA Government and Industry Affairs Associate Pierce Bennett (pbennett@lmaweb.com / (937) 541-1287) to ask any questions about the new congress coming in January.