Your Monthly Legislative Update
November 2018-Election Update
The 2018 midterm elections were held on November 6. For the 116th Congress beginning in January 2019, Democrats will control the House of Representatives, while Republicans will control the Senate. Fifteen new members of Congress have military backgrounds, including three current Army National Guardsmen.
Click here to see which Members of Congress, Senators, Members-Elect, and Senators-elect have military backgrounds.
U.S. House of Representatives
Democrats won a 231-seat majority in the House of Representatives. As of November 16, Democrats gained 36 seats, while six races are still too close to call.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) will lead the House Armed Services Committee and said he will prioritize Department of Defense (DoD) spending oversight to eliminate waste and inefficiency, as well as reducing overreliance on nuclear weapons and promoting greater national security transparency. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) will lead the House Appropriations Committee and Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) will lead the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.
Click here to see election results for members of the House Defense Committees.
Republicans won a 51-seat majority in the Senate. As of November 16, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. Democrats gained two Senate seats previously held by Republicans in Arizona and Nevada.
Florida initiated a recount for the Senate election because Florida law requires automatic recounts when a vote margin is equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast. Mississippi initiated a runoff election in the special Senate election because neither candidate received a majority of the vote. It will be held on November 27.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) will continue to chair the Senate Armed Services Committee and is expected to support the national security policies of the Trump administration. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) will continue to chair the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.
Click here to see election results for members of the Senate Defense Committees.