Democrats took control of the House for the first time in eight years but will fall farther behind in the Senate having at least lost seats in Missouri, North Dakota, and Indiana. With control of the House, Democrats will have subpoena power over the President and could potentially begin impeachment proceedings. Among seats that had been help by Republicans for decades, the House will see the first two Muslim women representative in US history.
- Will the new Democratic house keep Nancy Pelosi as speaker
- Will the new House begin impeachment proceedings?
- Is a divided government better than one-party control?
Democrats reclaimed control of the House of Representatives Tuesday night after eight long years out of power, dealing a major setback to President Trump’s legislative agenda — but Republicans were able to expand their narrow Senate majority and, with it, preserve the ability to confirm crucial judicial nominees.
The split decision on Capitol Hill follows one of the most intense and chaotic midterm campaign seasons in recent memory, in which President Trump barnstormed the country for GOP candidates and powerful Democrats, including predecessor Barack Obama, did the same for the other side.
For his part, Trump was able to help prevent a total Democratic takeover in Congress, and he avoided a repeat of President Obama’s first midterm elections in 2010, when his party lost 6 seats in the Senate and 63 in the House.
Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said in a statement that “history had repeated itself” Tuesday night, noting that since 1862, the president’s party has lost an average of 32 House seats during the midterms. After Tuesday’s elections, Democrats appeared poised to gain approximately two dozen seats in the House, while Republicans looked to net at least two Senate seats.
“I’m proud of the campaign that our members and candidates ran in a challenging political environment,” he said.