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CALIFORNIA (3) CALIFORNIA (20) COLORADO (3)
Dan Lungren, R Jim Costa, D John Salazar, D
Election: Defeated Gabe Castillo, D, to Election: Defeated Roy Ashburn, R, to Election: Defeated Greg Walcher, R, to
succeed Doug Ose, R, who retired succeed Cal Dooley, D, who retired succeed Scott McInnis, R, who retired
Home: Gold River Home: Fresno Home: Manassa
Born: Sept. 22, 1946, Long Beach, Calif. Born: April 13, 1952, Fresno, Calif. Born: July 21, 1953, Alamosa, Colo.
Religion: Roman Catholic Religion: Roman Catholic Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Bobbi Lungren; three Family: Single Family: Wife, Mary Lou; three children
children Education: California State U., Fresno, Education: Colorado State U., attended
Education: U. of Notre Dame, B.A. 1968; B.A. 1974 1971-72; Adams State College, B.S. 1981
Georgetown U., J.D. 1971 Career: Lobbyist; state legislative aide; Military: Army, 1973-76
Career: Lawyer congressional district aide Career: Farmer; rancher; seed potato
Political Highlights: Republican nominee Political Highlights: Calif. Assembly, business owner
for U.S. House, 1976; U.S. House, 1979- 1978-94; Democratic nominee for Calif. Political Highlights: Colo. Agricultural
89; Calif. attorney general, 1991-99; Senate, 1993; Calif. Senate, 1994-2002 Commission, 1999-2002; Colo. House,
Republican nominee for governor, 1998 2003-present
Sixteen years ago, Re- Jim Costa likes to say John Salazar’s top pri-
publicans were mired he is joining an elite ority will be ensuring
deep in the House mi- and growing club of that water derived
nority, Ronald Reagan members elected from from the snowmelt of
was in the twilight of California’s Central Colorado’s Western
his presidency — and Valley who trace their Slope will be retained
41-year-old Dan Lun- origins to Portugal’s for his district —
gren of Long Beach Azores Islands. which is larger than
was preparing to give up a promising His grandparents emigrated from Florida — instead of being sent to
House career in the hope of becoming Portugal decades ago, settling in the growing populations in California and
California’s treasurer. Central Valley as farmers. His family Nevada. He says the water is needed for
Now, Lungren is returning to Wash- sold off its dairy farming business in the use by local ranchers and farmers.
ington, this time to represent an agri- 1970s, but he still owns a 240-acre al- Salazar already has proposed a fed-
culturally rich portion of central Cali- mond orchard. That makes him a good erally funded water easement program
fornia around Sacramento. fit in the agriculture-heavy 20th Dis- for Colorado’s agricultural land. Be-
It has been a long road back. Unable trict, where he has represented some of cause of his interest in water and farm
to win state Senate confirmation as Cali- the voters since first serving as a state issues, he is seeking membership on
fornia treasurer, even though at one legislator at the age of 26. the Resources and Agriculture com-
point he sued to win the job, he was Costa developed a reputation for ex- mittees.
elected state attorney general in 1990. pertise in issues of concern to local Salazar is a centrist who is expected
Eight years later, he won the GOP guber- farmers, particularly water, though his to part from Democratic leadership at
natorial nomination but was trounced by moderate pro-business positions have times for the sake of his rural con-
Democrat Gray Davis. not always endeared him to local labor stituents. The lifelong farmer and
Lungren said his desire for public serv- leaders and environmentalists. rancher opposes further gun control ef-
ice was rekindled by the Sept. 11 terrorist Term limits forced him out of the forts and supports permanent repeal of
attacks. And, while his constituents are state Legislature in 2002, though he the estate tax.
concerned about national security, Lun- stayed involved in Sacramento politics But he will be an advocate for al-
gren says, their main concern appears to by opening his own lobbying firm. lowing Americans to buy cheaper pre-
be suburban sprawl. Having flirted with a House run three scription drugs from Canada. He pre-
The son of Richard M. Nixon’s per- previous times, Costa quickly declared viously has led efforts to allow Col-
sonal physician, he was an attorney for his candidacy after Democrat Cal Doo- orado state agencies to pool their re-
seven years before coming to Congress, ley announced he would not run again. sources to negotiate for lower drug
where he was a harbinger of the “angry Costa said he hopes to continue fo- purchases.
young man” style of conservative that cusing on the same issues that drew his Salazar also says that rural schools
has become common in the GOP Con- attention in the state Legislature — need additional funding to meet the re-
ference. He rose to be the No. 4 Republi- water and agriculture — and on build- quirements under the 2001 Elementary
can on the Judiciary Committee — ing inter-city rail networks. He has his and Secondary Education Act.
where he aspires to return, perhaps with eye on the Transportation and Infra- A military veteran, Salazar has been
credit for at least some of his past senior- structure and Agriculture committees. especially vocal against cuts on veter-
ity. His signature issue was immigration: Costa said he also would like to ans’ health care, as well as the demands
He pushed for sanctions against employ- have a hand in changing the partisan placed upon families of National Guard
ers who hire illegal immigrants, but also tone in Washington. “I’m not pollyan- members and reservists serving in Iraq.
supported limited amnesty programs for nish about it, but I would like to be part The latter issue is personal for Salazar:
some illegal aliens. He said he hopes to of the force helping bipartisanship in He has a son serving in the Colorado
play an active role in that area again. Congress,” he said. National Guard.
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FLORIDA (14) FLORIDA (20) GEORGIA (4)
Connie Mack, R Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D Cynthia A. McKinney, D
Election: Defeated Robert M. Neeld, D, to Election: Defeated Margaret Hostetter, R, Election: Defeated Catherine Davis, R, to
succeed Porter J. Goss, R, who resigned to succeed Peter Deutsch, D, who ran for succeed Denise L. Majette, D, who ran for
Home: Fort Myers Senate Senate
Born: Aug. 12, 1967, Fort Myers, Fla. Home: Weston Home: Decatur
Religion: Roman Catholic Born: Sept. 27, 1966, Queens, N.Y. Born: March 17, 1955, Atlanta, Ga.
Family: Wife, Ann Mack; two children Religion: Jewish Religion: Roman Catholic
Education: U. of Florida, B.S. 1993 Family: Husband, Steve Schultz; three Family: Divorced; one child
Career: Marketing consultant; health children Education: U. of Southern California, B.A.
products sales representative Education: U. of Florida, B.A. 1988, M.A. 1978; Tufts U., M.A. 1994
Political Highlights: Fla. House, 2000-03 1990 Career: Professor
Career: University program administrator; Political Highlights: Democratic nominee
college instructor; state legislative aide for Ga. House, 1986; Ga. House, 1989-93;
Political Highlights: Fla. House, 1992- U.S. House, 1993-2003; defeated in
2000; Fla. Senate, 2000-present primary for re-election to U.S. House, 2002
Connie Mack is carry- Debbie Wasserman After a decade repre-
ing on a strong family Schultz describes her- senting DeKalb Coun-
tradition of congres- self as almost always ty in the House, Cyn-
sional service — and in agreement with thia A. McKinney’s
returning to the House her predecessor, Flori- reputation for intem-
rolls one of baseball’s da Democrat Peter perate outspokenness
most famous names. Deutsch, on major is- caught up with her in
His namesake fa- sues. That may be no 2002 and she lost the
ther represented much of the same solid- coincidence: Their Democratic nomination for a sixth
ly Republican parts of Florida’s west political relationship dates to 1989, term to Denise L. Majette. But Majette
coast in the House for six years before when Deutsch, then a state legislator, decided to run for the Senate this year,
winning two terms in the Senate starting picked her as his legislative aide. She opening the way for McKinney’s return.
in 1988. A great-grandfather — the first won Deutsch’s state House seat when he This year, McKinney worked to
in the line to informalize the given name was elected to Congress in 1992. The moderate her image, stressing her sup-
of Cornelius McGillicuddy — was a Hall two still speak almost daily. port of local projects during her first
of Fame manager and owner of the But while Deutsch was known for a House tenure and striking a more re-
Philadelphia Athletics baseball team. hard-driving partisan style, Schultz says served posture at candidate forums
Another great-grandfather was Sen. she tries to build relationships across around the district. But she also pointed
Morris Sheppard, D-Texas (1913-41); a party lines. “Although I am liberal to recent revelations about the govern-
step-great-grandfather was Sen. Tom philosophically, I think you don’t al- ment’s pre-Sept. 11 actions as vindica-
Connally, D-Texas (1929-53.) ways have to wear that on your sleeve,” tion for her comments in a 2002 radio
Mack says his own interest in politi- she said. “There is a lot to be said in interview widely construed as suggest-
cal office sprang from his decision to terms of being nice.” ing that the Bush administration had
start a family. “I wanted to be where the Schultz had such an easy time win- advance knowledge of the attacks.
decisions were being made so I could ning her seat that she was able to use McKinney served on the Armed Ser-
make sure that my children and grand- $100,000 from her own campaign treas- vices and International Relations com-
children have opportunity,” he said. ury to help other House candidates — mittees at the end of her previous House
During almost four years represent- largess that is is sure to be remembered tenure. She was a sometimes vitupera-
ing Fort Lauderdale in the state House as Schultz pursues her plan to take tive critic of policies she saw as hurting
— he quit and moved back to his na- Deutsch’s seat on the Energy and Com- ethnic minorities, union members and
tive Fort Myers last year soon after merce Committee, which she concedes the poor. And she reserved a special pas-
Porter J. Goss announced his plans to might not come in her freshman term. sion for international human rights.
retire — Mack organized a group of Arriving in Tallahassee at age 26, She had a rocky relationship with
members dedicated to opposing all pro- she served on several business-oriented the congressional press corps then, and
posals to raise additional state revenue. committees in the state legislature. Her she declined repeated requests to dis-
He also pushed to limit the amount of interest in health and safety issues is cuss her legislative priorities now.
money that attorneys may receive in longstanding: In the 1990s, she helped McKinney had an unusual start in
medical malpractice cases. push through one of the nation’s first politics. Her father, a veteran civil
Like many Republicans in a state laws banning “drive-through deliver- rights leader and Georgia legislator, de-
where health care is a dominant politi- ies” by requiring insurers to cover cided to get back at a political rival by
cal issue, Mack has broken with the par- longer hospital stays for new mothers. putting his daughter’s name on the pri-
ty line to support expanded federal More recently, she sponsored a law that mary ballot against him — without her
funding of stem cell research and pro- requires new residential swimming knowledge. She lost soundly, but her
posals to permit seniors to import pre- pools sold in the state to include safe- interest was piqued and she won a state
scription medications from Canada. guards to prevent infant drownings. House seat two years later.
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GEORGIA (6) GEORGIA (8) GEORGIA (12)
Tom Price, R Lynn Westmoreland, R John Barrow, D
Election: Unopposed in general election Election: Defeated Silvia Delamar, D, to Pronounced: BEAR-oh
to succeed Johnny Isakson, R, who ran for succeed Mac Collins, R, who ran for Senate Election: Defeated Rep. Max Burns, R
Senate Home: Sharpsburg Home: Athens
Home: Roswell Born: April 2, 1950, Atlanta, Ga. Born: Oct. 31, 1955, Athens, Ga.
Born: Oct. 8, 1954, Lansing, Mich. Religion: Baptist Religion: Baptist
Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Joan; three children Family: Wife, Victoria Pentlarge; two
Family: Wife, Elizabeth Clark Price; one Education: Georgia State U., attended children
child 1969-71 Education: U. of Georgia, B.A. 1976;
Education: U. of Michigan, B.A. 1976, Career: Construction company owner; Harvard U., J.D. 1979
M.D. 1979 real estate developer Career: Lawyer
Career: Surgeon Political Highlights: Sought Republican Political Highlights: Sought Democratic
Political Highlights: Ga. Senate, 1997- nomination for Ga. Senate, 1988; GOP nomination for Ga. House, 1986; Athens-
present (minority whip, 1999-2002; nominee for Ga. Senate, 1990; Ga. House, Clarke County Commission, 1991-present
majority leader, 2003) 1993-present (minority leader, 2001-03)
Like many physician- Lynn Westmoreland John Barrow heads to
politicians, Tom Price says his professional Washington with a
says that limiting the background as a specific legislative
exposure of doctors to homebuilder gives goal: reworking the
medical malpractice him firsthand knowl- 2003 Medicare pre-
lawsuits will be a major edge of the problems scription drug bill to
priority of his in Wash- created by high taxes ensure that oncolo-
ington. But Price de- and government regu- gists receive adequate
scribes himself as an advocate of “big lation. With that perspective, he fig- compensation for treating cancer pa-
idea” conservatism, and says he would ures to be a reliable vote for the GOP tients.
prefer that efforts to limit doctors’ liabil- leadership on tax and regulatory issues. “It is a major, major problem. I’ve
ity become part of a more sweeping Westmoreland says parochial mat- talked and worked with oncologists in
package to reduce the cost of health ters will be a high priority in his first the district to understand the prob-
care. In his view, individuals should be term, and so he is aiming for an assign- lem,” said Barrow. Oncologists have
allowed to buy medical insurance in the ment to the Transportation and Infra- argued since the law’s passage that its
free market, with employers and the gov- structure Committee. His district — funding formula for cancer drugs will
ernment continuing to subsidize whatev- which includes some of the fastest- force them to limit treatment for Med-
er plan an individual chooses. growing suburbs south of Atlanta — is icare patients starting in 2005.
Price advocates an equally sweeping home to thousands of airline employees Barrow plans to look out for the ed-
tax code overhaul. He would replace based at Hartsfield-Jackson Interna- ucational interests in his district, a
virtually all existing taxes — including tional Airport, many of whom are wor- sprawling swath of eastern Georgia
payroll, income, corporate, dividend, ried about the financial stability of that encompasses the University of
capital gains and inheritance taxes — their industry. Georgia and numerous smaller state
with a 23 percent national sales tax. Westmoreland is also a fiscal hawk colleges. But he plans to focus on se-
Price’s interests in tax and health who says he will buck the party line if curing funding for existing educational
policy have him coveting a seat on the Republican leaders fail to take a programs instead of establishing new
Ways and Means Committee, a long tougher stand against federal spending ones. “We ought to devote more of our
shot for a freshman in a politically safe increases. “I know it is going to be terri- resources to implementing programs
seat. For the short term, Price has set bly hard to do, but I think that every that we all agree work. They haven’t
his sights on Transportation and Infra- dime that we spend on the federal lev- failed because they’ve been tried and
structure, from which he could pursue el, we need to prioritize it,” he said. found wanting, they’ve failed for lack
efforts to reduce gridlock in the At- Using rhetoric that could mark him of effort,” Barrow said.
lanta metropolitan area. as a maverick if he follows through, he In keeping with his legislative pri-
Price, who spent years as a behind- says spending decisions should be made orities, Barrow intends to seek seats on
the-scenes organizer and fundraiser, was “not just based on who the chairman is, the Transportation and Infrastructure
encouraged to enter the political arena or the most senior member of the com- and Education panels. Over the longer
by a retiring state senator who urged mittee, or who is in political trouble, term he hopes to win a coveted spot on
him to run for her seat in 1996. Last but based on need.” the Appropriations Committee.
year he became the first Republican ma- Like many Southern Republicans, Barrow — whose résumé includes
jority leader in Georgia Senate history Westmoreland grew up in a family of 14 years as a county commissioner —
— after his party captured control of conservative Democrats. He says he referred to himself as a “flaming mod-
the chamber in 2002 — but state law committed to the GOP only after he erate” on the campaign trail and plans
required him to relinquish the post after decided to pursue a state Senate seat. to add his name to the ranks of the
several months when he decided to pur- He failed in 1988 and 1990, and in- House Blue Dog Caucus, a group of fis-
sue his congressional bid. stead won a state House seat in 1992. cally conservative Democrats.
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ILLINOIS (3) ILLINOIS (8) INDIANA (9)
Dan Lipinski, D Melissa Bean, D Mike Sodrel, R
Election: Defeated Ryan Chlada, R, to Election: Defeated Rep. Philip M. Crane, R Pronounced: SOD-drell
succeed William O. Lipinski, D, who Home: Barrington Election: Defeated Rep. Baron P. Hill, D
retired Born: Jan. 22, 1962, Chicago, Ill. Home: New Albany
Home: Western Springs Religion: Serbian Orthodox Born: Dec. 17, 1945, Louisville, Ky.
Born: July 15, 1966, Chicago, Ill. Family: Husband, Alan Bean; two children Religion: Christian
Religion: Roman Catholic Education: Oakton Community College, Family: Wife, Keta Sodrel; two children
Family: Wife, Judy Lipinski A.A. 1982; Roosevelt U., B.A. 2002 Education: New Albany High School,
Education: Northwestern U., B.S. 1988; Career: Technology consulting firm graduated 1963
Stanford U., M.S. 1989; Duke U., Ph.D. president; telecommunications sales Military: Ind. National Guard, 1966-73
1998 manager Career: Trucking, shipping and motor
Career: Professor; congressional aide; Political Highlights: Democratic nominee coach company owner
campaign aide for U.S. House, 2002 Political Highlights: Republican nominee
Political Highlights: No previous office for U.S. House, 2002
As the nomenclature Melissa Bean brings to “Jobs, taxes and val-
might suggest, the peo- Congress the perspec- ues” became some-
ple of Chicago’s south- tive of a 20-year sub- thing of a campaign-
west side and its adja- urban business- trail mantra for Mike
cent suburbs can ex- woman: “I’ve always Sodrel as he cruised
pect a smooth transi- said I’d like to be a southern Indiana,
tion to their new con- voice for the small- driving his own 18-
gressman. and medium-sized wheeler on the cam-
Like his retiring father, William O. business community,” she said. paign tour.
Lipinski, who has held the seat for 22 A self-described “fiscal conserva- But he also made use of more tradi-
years, Dan Lipinski is an economic pop- tive” whose thinking was influenced by tional methods of communicating with
ulist, conservative on some social issues Adam Smith and Milton Friedman, voters when he was given some podium
and devoted to the parochial transporta- Bean advocates pay-as-you-go budget time at the Republican National Con-
tion issues important to Chicago. rules that require offsets for tax cuts vention in New York.
Although the elder Lipinski attended and spending increases. She said the “I know America’s stronger when
college for just two years and trained for 2003 tax law included too little relief we create family-supporting jobs here
Congress as a city councilman and ward for small businesses. in America. I know America’s stronger
boss — a classic career path for an Illinois Bean will advocate a tighter rein on when government takes less money
Democrat of his generation — the new- spending than most of her Democratic from our nation’s families. And I know
comer holds a master’s degree in econom- colleagues. She opposed both the 2003 America’s stronger when we defend
ic engineering and a doctorate in political Medicare prescription drug law and an traditional moral values,” he said in
science — and has never before sought alternative Democratic plan as too ex- August.
elective office. He has worked behind the pensive. “I think we could have found A consummate party man, whose
scenes on numerous Illinois campaigns, a middle ground that was better-priced, fundraisers featured Vice President Dick
though, and has served as a congressional better for taxpayers and still eased the Cheney and House Speaker J. Dennis
aide to both Rod R. Blagojevich, who is burden of the rising price of prescrip- Hastert, R-Ill., Sodrel said he looks for-
now the governor, and former House Mi- tion drugs,” she said. ward to working with the leadership to
nority Leader Richard A. Gephardt of Budgetary concerns underpin Bean’s permanently repeal the inheritance tax
Missouri. opposition to private accounts under and the so-called marriage penalty.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, Social Security, which she said is “not Realistic about the slim chances of
but I think that I’ll be one of the best- even remotely fiscally responsible.” spending his freshman term on the
prepared first-term members,” he said. A top priority is helping businesses Ways and Means Committee, Sodrel
Lipinski said he is confident he can afford health insurance for their em- hopes to find his way onto the Trans-
obtain a seat on the Transportation and ployees. One way to ease the cost bur- portation and Infrastructure Commit-
Infrastructure Committee, where his fa- den, she said, is to establish buying tee. The assignment would be a perfect
ther has served during his entire time pools for small companies. “Every em- fit for a self-made millionaire owner of
in the House. He intends to work to in- ployer I talk to . . . their No. 1 expense three trucking companies representing
crease funding for public transporta- item that is becoming insurmountable a district about to embark on a $1.9 bil-
tion, a local road project called the to keep up with is the rising cost of lion project to link suburban southeast-
Central Avenue underpass and Chica- health care,” she said. ern Indiana and Louisville, Ky., with
go’s Midway Airport. Some of Bean’s more parochial in- two new bridges over the Ohio River.
Lipinski said he also wants to focus terests include environmental protec- Indiana’s 9th District is one of the
on health care, particularly on making tions for the Great Lakes and trans- nation’s top tobacco producers, and an
prescription drugs more affordable by portation initiatives for her burgeoning assignment to the Agriculture Com-
introducing competition. district. mittee would suit Sodrel as well.
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KENTUCKY (4) LOUISIANA (1) MICHIGAN (7)
Geoff Davis, R Bobby Jindal, R Joe Schwarz, R
Election: Defeated Nick Clooney, D, to Pronounced: JIN-dle Election: Defeated Sharon Marie Renier,
succeed Ken Lucas, D, who retired Election: Defeated Steve Scalise, R, to D, to succeed Nick Smith, R, who retired
Home: Hebron succeed David Vitter, R, who ran for Senate Home: Battle Creek
Born: Oct. 26, 1958, Montreal, Canada Home: Kenner Born: Nov. 15, 1937, Chicago, Ill.
Religion: Baptist Born: June 10, 1971, Baton Rouge, La. Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Pat Davis; six children Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Divorced; one child
Education: U.S. Military Academy, B.S. Family: Wife, Supriya Jindal; two children Education: U. of Michigan, B.A. 1959;
1981 Education: Brown U., B.S. 1991; Oxford Wayne State U., M.D. 1964
Military: Army, 1976-87 U., M.Litt. 1994 Military: Navy, 1965-67
Career: Manufacturing productivity Career: State university system president; Career: Physician; CIA attache
consulting firm owner; aerospace management consultant Political Highlights: Battle Creek City
technology consultant Political Highlights: La. Health & Hospitals Commission, 1979-87; Mich. Senate,
Political Highlights: Republican nominee secretary, 1996-98; U.S. HHS asst. secy., 1987-2002; sought Republican nomination
for U.S. House, 2002 2001-03; candidate for governor, 2003 for U.S. House, 1992, for governor, 2002
Geoff Davis says his A series of high-level Joe Schwarz is among
experience as a busi- appointments in state the few unambiguously
ness consultant and and federal agencies moderate Republicans
Army veteran will marked Bobby Jindal in the House freshman
help him pursue his as a rising Republican class. He is also among
agenda in the House. star in Louisiana the most experienced,
Davis said he while still in his 20s. having spent 16 years
hopes that experience His ambition was ap- as an influential state
will lead House Republican leaders to parent then, too, so it was not surpris- senator.
support his bid for appointment to the ing that he aimed high in his first run “I understand I’ll be a freshman,”
Armed Services Committee and its for public office — an unsuccessful bid Schwarz said. “I understand the system is
Terrorism, Unconventional Threats for governor last year. built on seniority and I’ll take what com-
and Capabilities Subcommittee. Jindal will make history when he is mittee assignments I get and do the best I
A West Point graduate, Davis was a sworn in. The son of immigrants from can.”
flight commander with the 82nd Air- India, he will be only the second mem- Schwarz supports abortion rights, pro-
borne Division in the Middle East. At ber of Congress — and the first Repub- fesses a willingness to consider tax in-
West Point, he studied Arabic and the lican — with roots in that nation: creases and strongly advocates an in-
cultures of Southwest Asia and Eastern Dalip Singh Saund, a California Dem- creased federal presence in several areas,
Europe. ocrat born in India in 1899, served in particularly higher education and trans-
He is also aiming for a seat on the Fi- the House from 1957 to 1963. portation.
nancial Services Committee so he can Although freshmen from politically But he takes a position much more in
work on issues ranging from insurance to safe districts rarely get plum committee line with Republican leaders on revising
financial market regulation. His goal is assignments, Jindal’s credentials might the nation’s medical malpractice laws,
to apply his experience as a businessman someday earn him a spot on the Energy which he says lead to frivolous lawsuits
to help encourage job creation. and Commerce or Ways and Means and force doctors to demur from treating
Coming from a competitive district, committees, the two panels with domi- patients. He speaks from personal experi-
Davis uses the words “conservative” and nant jurisdiction over health care. ence; he has been an ear, nose and throat
“populist” to characterize his views on A self-described policy wonk, Jin- doctor for 30 years.
the role of government. Limited govern- dal’s résumé includes a stint as head of That experience, Schwarz said, has also
ment is desirable, he said. But he said So- Louisiana’s Health and Hospitals De- placed him firmly in the party’s moderate
cial Security survivor benefits helped his partment. He served in Washington as wing on the issues of health care accessibil-
family make ends meet after his stepfa- executive director of a bipartisan com- ity and embryonic stem cell research — an
ther died, and a government-subsidized mission on the future of Medicare, re- area in which he says the United States
loan made it possible for his mother to turned to Louisiana to serve as presi- risks falling behind the rest of the world un-
buy a house. dent of the state’s university system, less federal spending is significantly in-
Davis describes himself as strongly then was appointed by President Bush creased.
opposed to abortion and to efforts to as assistant secretary for planning and Getting his GOP-leaning district to
restrict gun ownership. He supports ex- evaluation at the Department of adjust to his ideological style will deter-
tending tax cuts and proposes to reduce Health and Human Services. mine whether he has a relatively easy run
health care costs by curbing lawsuits Jindal bills himself as a conservative for re-election in 2006 — or faces a stiff
and offering tax credits that would help Republican who wants to work in a bi- primary challenge from the right. His
individuals purchase insurance. partisan fashion. “Louisiana is a state moderation cost him the seat when he
After leaving the military, Davis found- where members from both parties work first ran for it a dozen years ago; he was
ed and ran a manufacturing consulting together, and I want to bring that to outflanked on the right by Nick Smith,
firm. D.C.,” Jindal said. the GOP incumbent who is now retiring.
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MISSOURI (3) MISSOURI (5) NEBRASKA (1)
Russ Carnahan, D Emanuel Cleaver II, D Jeff Fortenberry, R
Election: Defeated Bill Federer, R, to Election: Defeated Jeanne Patterson, R, to Election: Defeated Matt Connealy, D, to
succeed Richard A. Gephardt, D, who ran succeed Karen McCarthy, D, who retired succeed Doug Bereuter, R, who resigned
for president Home: Kansas City Home: Lincoln
Home: St. Louis Born: Oct. 26, 1944, Waxahachie, Texas Born: Dec. 27, 1960, Baton Rouge, La.
Born: July 10, 1958, Columbia, Mo. Religion: Methodist Religion: Roman Catholic
Religion: Methodist Family: Wife, Dianne; four children Family: Wife, Celeste Gregory; four
Family: Wife, Debra; two children Education: Prairie View A&M U., B.S. 1972; children
Education: U. of Missouri, B.S. 1979, J.D. St. Paul School of Theology, M.Div. 1974 Education: Louisiana State U., B.A. 1982;
1983 Career: Pastor; radio talk show host; civil Georgetown U., M.P.P. 1986; Franciscan U.
Career: Lawyer; campaign aide; state rights group chapter founder of Steubenville, M.Div. 1996
legislative aide Political Highlights: Sought nomination Career: Publishing firm public relations
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Mo. House, 1970; ran for Kansas City manager; economist; congressional aide
for U.S. House, 1990; Mo. House, 2001- Council, 1975; Kansas City Council, 1979- Political Highlights: Lincoln City Council,
present 91; mayor of Kansas City, 1991-99 1997-2001
Russ Carnahan said he Emanuel Cleaver II is Jeff Fortenberry, the
knows how it feels not coming to the House father of four young
to have health insur- as a strong opponent girls, will come to
ance; when his wife of the occupation of Washington after win-
had complications Iraq. He is ready to ning one of the most
during her second bring the troops home hotly contested seats
pregnancy, the bills immediately. in the election.
started adding up. “There is no ques- For more than a
“It’s one thing to talk about health tion that the people quarter-century, fellow Republican
care in abstract terms,” said Carnahan, in Northwest Missouri are no longer Doug Bereuter represented the 1st Dis-
who later spent nine years as an attor- just opposed to the war, they are now trict, which includes Lincoln and much
ney at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. against its continuation,” he said. of the eastern third of the state.
“Certainly, my personal experience has As a minister, talk-show host and Though born in Louisiana, Forten-
shaped me.” former mayor, Cleaver is one of the berry has a mild-mannered persona that
Carnahan’s family name is well- most familiar faces in Kansas City poli- makes him a comfortable fit in a state
known in political circles. His grandfa- tics. He is the first African-American known for its basic pleasures like corn
ther served in Congress. His father to represent the historically Demo- on the cob and the state fair in late sum-
Mel, a former Missouri governor, was cratic 5th District, which extends from mer. He supported President Bush’s tax
running for the Senate four years ago Kansas City to Johnson and Cass coun- cuts and says he would like to hold down
when he was killed in a plane crash ties, including Harry S Truman’s home- spending to reduce the deficit.
that also took the life of Russ’ brother town, Independence, since Alan D. Fortenberry said he wants to help
Roger. Mel Carnahan was elected Wheat (1983-95). small businesses by creating a “business
posthumously over Republican Sen. Cleaver’s goals are ambitious but fo- investment account,” which would pro-
John Ashcroft, and Russ’ mother, Jean cused on local needs: overhauling the vide a tax break to help people start a
Carnahan, was appointed to serve in nation’s health care system, bringing business or expand an existing one.
her husband’s place. more high-paying jobs to Missouri and Another area of interest is the trans-
Jean Carnahan was unseated in preventing companies from “outsourc- formation of governments in Iraq and
2002 by Republican Jim Talent. ing” jobs to other countries. Afghanistan. Fortenberry said the Unit-
“My last name has always been and His campaign borrowed from Presi- ed States underestimated the difficulty
always will be a two-edged sword, but dent Bill Clinton’s 1992 playbook, for these nations to transform into a
the positives outweigh the negatives,” stressing economic security and job Western-style democracy. “We may
said Carnahan. creation. He also emphasized his have been naive because they have dif-
Carnahan will be a reliable Demo- record as mayor from 1991 to 1999, ferent economic and societal values and
cratic vote on many issues. He supports when he helped bring such firms as levels of resources than us, and it may
stem cell research, expanding medical Citicorp and Harley Davidson to the take some time,” he said. “We are mov-
services to the uninsured, allowing the region. ing forward in Afghanistan and we will
importation of prescription drugs from Cleaver’s agenda includes increased eventually get there in Iraq.”
Canada, and increasing the minimum funding for education, higher taxes for His interest in politics stems from an
wage. those earning more than $200,000 a early age: When he was in the fifth
Carnahan has been endorsed by lo- year and offering average citizens health grade, he wrote to President Richard
cal unions as well as his predecessor, care coverage that matches the plan Nixon about Nixon’s trip to China.
Richard A. Gephardt, who is retiring provided for members of Congress. He would like to serve on two of
from Congress. His committee preferences include Bereuter’s committees: International
Carnahan is an avid traveler, and Appropriations, Financial Services or Relations and Transportation and In-
enjoys antique cars and motorcycles. Small Business. frastructure.
CQToday, Thursday, November 4, 2004 Page 33
NEW YORK (27) NEW YORK (29) NORTH CAROLINA (5)
Brian Higgins, D Randy Kuhl, R Virginia Foxx, R
Election: Defeated Nancy Naples, R, to Pronounced: COOL Election: Defeated J. Harrell, D, to succeed
succeed Jack Quinn, R, who retired Election: Defeated Samara Barend, D, to Richard M. Burr, R, who ran for Senate
Home: Buffalo succeed Amo Houghton, R, who retired Home: Banner Elk
Born: Oct. 6, 1959, Buffalo, N.Y. Home: Hammondsport Born: June 29, 1943, Bronx, N.Y.
Religion: Roman Catholic Born: April 19, 1943, Bath, N.Y. Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Mary Jane Hannon; two Religion: Episcopalian Family: Husband, Tom Foxx; one child
children Family: Divorced; three children Education: U. of North Carolina, B.A.
Education: State U. of N.Y., Buffalo, B.A. Education: Union College, B.S. 1966; 1968, M.A.C.T. 1972; U. of North Carolina,
1984, M.A. 1985; Harvard U., M.P.A. 1996 Syracuse U., J.D. 1969 Greensboro, Ed.D. 1985
Career: County and state legislative aide Career: Lawyer Career: Community college president;
Political Highlights: Buffalo Common Political Highlights: N.Y. Assembly, nursery owner; professor
Council, 1988-94; Democratic nominee 1981-87; N.Y. Senate, 1987-present Political Highlights: Watauga County
for Erie County comptroller, 1993; N.Y. Board of Education, 1977-89; N.C.
Assembly, 1999-present Senate, 1995-present
Brian Higgins deliv- Randy Kuhl was a “I’m the eldest child of
ered the 27th District 37-year-old attorney a very poor family, and
for the Democrats for when he won his first I take everything I do
the first time since election, to the New seriously,” Virginia
1992, when his pred- York State Assembly Foxx says in describing
ecessor, Republican in 1980. After a quar- her attitude about
Jack Quinn, was ter-century in Albany, public life.
elected. he will be among the Foxx prides herself
Democratic presidential nominee oldest — and most legislatively experi- on her hardworking habits in the state
Al Gore won the New York district enced — freshmen next year. Senate, where she has been for a
with 55 percent of the vote in 2000, Kuhl won with the endorsement of decade, and said she routinely stays at
even as Quinn simultaneously enjoyed organized labor and his predecessor, her desk after 10 p.m. to field calls from
strong support by positioning himself as Amo Houghton, who co-founded the constituents or read briefing books.
a pro-union GOP moderate. Republican Main Street Partnership to Her top legislative priority, she said,
The district was made more Repub- help moderates exert influence in the will be permitting people to shield
lican following redistricting in 2002, mostly conservative House Republican themselves from the automated,
but Higgins won by painting his oppo- Conference. Yet Kuhl says he may not recorded political telephone messages
nent, Republican Nancy Naples, as too join the Main Street group, and in fact that have become a staple of many
conservative. The unions agreed. his record as a state legislator was a reli- campaigns — including her particularly
Higgins describes himself as a mod- ably conservative collection of votes bitter GOP primary contest. Political
erate who will look after the district’s against abortion rights, gun control campaigns are now exempt from the
interests, including spurring job and tax increases. federal “do not call” list that otherwise
growth. Kuhl said his top priority in his restricts telemarketers.
Higgins’ district is near Canada, and freshman term will be local job cre- The rising cost of medical insurance
he said he supports allowing seniors to ation in a district where employment will be her other top priority. Winston-
import prescription drugs from across the options have narrowed recently as the Salem, the 5th District’s major city, is
border. “Ten miles from where I am region’s two largest employers — home to a number of regional hospitals
standing right now, drugs are $60 to $70 Corning Inc. and Eastman Kodak Co. and medical technology companies,
cheaper than they are here in the United — have reduced payrolls. And, to while the rural western part of the dis-
States,” he said in a telephone interview. make his political future more secure trict has a large elderly population.
Higgins said one of his priorities in by cementing a reputation for con- Foxx said she will seek assignments to
Congress would be to push for a “real” stituent service, he plans to hold a committees that have no other North
prescription drug benefit that allows town hall meeting each year in each of Carolinian on the roster. Her long-term
the government to negotiate volume the 143 towns that dot the 5,600 goal is a Ways and Means seat.
discounts to bring down costs. square miles he will represent. After a dozen years on her county
He also said he wants Congress to Kuhl hopes eventually to serve on the school board, Foxx stepped down in
repeal President Bush’s tax cuts for the Ways and Means Committee, where 1988, a year after she was named presi-
nation’s wealthiest individuals. Houghton has been since 1993. In the dent of a local community college. But
Higgins was elected to the state As- meantime, he said he wants to become she re-entered politics in 1994 with her
sembly in 1998 and served on the Trans- the only Northeastern Republican to successful bid for the state Senate, win-
portation and Environmental Conserva- serve on the Transportation and Infra- ning in a district that had not been
tion committees. He wants to continue structure panel, so that he can seek mon- held by a Republican in modern times.
his work on transportation issues by ey for his region’s aging highways. He has She has held the seat with ease ever
seeking a seat on the Transportation and chaired both the Agriculture and Educa- since, while operating a local nursery
Infrastructure Committee. tion committees in the state Senate. business with her husband, Tom.
Page 34 CQToday, Thursday, November 4, 2004
NORTH CAROLINA (10) OKLAHOMA (2) PENNSYLVANIA (8)
Patrick McHenry, R Dan Boren, D Mike Fitzpatrick, R
Election: Defeated Anne N. Fischer, D, to Election: Defeated Wayland Smalley, R, to Election: Defeated Virginia Waters
succeed Cass Ballenger, R, who retired succeed Brad Carson, D, who ran for Schrader, D, to succeed James C.
Home: Cherryville Senate Greenwood, R, who retired
Born: Oct. 22, 1975, Charlotte, N.C. Home: Paden Home: Levittown
Religion: Roman Catholic Born: Aug. 2, 1973, Shawnee, Okla. Born: June 28, 1963, Philadelphia, Pa.
Family: Single Religion: Methodist Religion: Roman Catholic
Education: North Carolina State U., Family: Single Family: Wife, Kathy Fitzpatrick; six
attended 1994-97; Belmont Abbey Education: Texas Christian U., B.A. 1997; children
College, B.A. 2000 U. of Oklahoma, M.B.A. 2001 Education: St. Thomas U. (Fla.), B.A.
Career: Real estate broker; U.S. Labor Career: College fundraiser; congressional 1985; Dickinson School of Law, J.D. 1988
Department aide; campaign aide district aide; bank teller; state utility Career: Lawyer
Political Highlights: Republican nominee regulation commission aide Political Highlights: Republican nominee
for N.C. House, 1998; N.C. House, 2003- Political Highlights: Okla. House, 2002- for Pa. House, 1990, 1994; Bucks County
present present Board of Commissioners, 1995-present
Patrick McHenry will Dan Boren first got an Mike Fitzpatrick be-
be the youngest mem- insider’s view of the lieves that govern-
ber of the 109th Con- Capitol when he was 6 ment services work
gress; his 29th birthday years old — in 1979, best at the local level
was just 11 days before when his father, David and that Washington
his election. L. Boren, began his should allow more lo-
McHenry said he long career as an Ok- cal flexibility in
intends to side with lahoma senator. spending federal aid.
most House Republicans on social as When Dan Boren He said too often, local governments in
well as fiscal policy; his upset win in returns in January, at age 31, he will repre- need of help “leave the table” because
the GOP primary came with a strong sent the state’s eastern side — and he will federal programs come with too many
boost from the Club For Growth, the be the third generation of his family to mandates attached.
Washington-based group that supports serve as a Democratic member of Con- His service as Bucks County com-
fiscally conservative candidates. gress from the state. His father was a sena- missioner might give him insight into
Worker retraining and economic tor until 1994, when he resigned to be- how to improve the relationship be-
development initiatives will be among come president of the University of Okla- tween Washington and local govern-
his top priorities, a logical move given homa. His grandfather, Lyle Boren, was a ments. When Hurricane Floyd ravaged
that his mainly rural constituency has House member from 1937 to 1947. the area in 1999, Fitzpatrick not only
been hit hard by manufacturing job Dan Boren’s preparation for Congress aggressively pursued the county’s “fair
losses. He said he would like a seat on is one term in the Oklahoma Legislature, share” of federal disaster funds, he also
the Financial Services Committee, also where he compiled a center-right record helped institute an innovative flood-
a logical choice because the banking as a proponent of tax cuts and backer of proofing program that includes elevat-
industry is an important sector of efforts to make it more difficult for trial ing houses above the flood plain. The
North Carolina’s economy. lawyers to press what he termed frivolous program may become a federal model
He cites his youth in explaining his lawsuits. for other counties.
support for private savings accounts He calls himself a fiscally conserva- Creating similar programs is some-
within Social Security, calling it a nec- tive “pro-business, pro-gun Democrat,” thing he plans to continue in Congress.
essary move to ensure that the program and says being a Democrat in the state’s He advocates basing homeland se-
remains viable for future generations. GOP-dominated delegation would not curity grants more on risk and less on
Though a state legislator only since hinder him from working with his home- population so first-responders in his
last year, McHenry made a very early state colleagues on issues of parochial county — a major corridor close to
commitment to a career in politics. He importance. Philadelphia — could receive more
took time off from college to work for The No. 1 concern among voters, he aid. He also plans to meet with health
the 1996 gubernatorial campaign of said, is the need to create jobs in his dis- care providers on malpractice liability
Robin Hayes, now a North Carolina trict, where incomes run well below the costs that he said are causing good doc-
congressman. McHenry served as presi- state’s average. Oklahoma is a leading en- tors to flee the state.
dent of the state College Republicans ergy-producing state, and Boren eventual- When Rep. James C. Greenwood
and as treasurer for the national Col- ly aspires to a seat on the Energy and Com- announced his retirement after the fil-
lege Republicans in the late 1990s. Af- merce Committee. Initially, though, he ing deadline had passed, local Republi-
ter a losing bid for the state House in said he would be happy with an assign- can leaders all agreed on the more con-
1998, he worked on George W. Bush’s ment to Resources. servative Fitzpatrick for the race.
presidential campaign in 2000 and Hoping to demonstrate constituent He has an eye on a Transportation
briefly served as a political appointee in service as a high priority, Boren held and Infrastructure Committee assign-
the Labor Department before returning 100 town hall meetings throughout the ment or Greenwood’s Energy and
to North Carolina. sprawling district during the campaign. Commerce seat.
CQToday, Thursday, November 4, 2004 Page 35
PENNSYLVANIA (13) PENNSYLVANIA (15) SOUTH CAROLINA (4)
Allyson Schwartz, D Charlie Dent, R Bob Inglis, R
Election: Defeated Melissa Brown, R, to Election: Defeated Joe Driscoll, D, to Pronounced: ING-lis
succeed Joseph M. Hoeffel, D, who ran for succeed Patrick J. Toomey, R, who ran for Election: Defeated Brandon Brown, D, to
Senate Senate succeed Jim DeMint, R, who ran for Senate
Home: Jenkintown Home: Allentown Home: Travelers Rest
Born: Oct. 3, 1948, Queens, N.Y. Born: May 24, 1960, Allentown, Pa. Born: Oct. 11, 1959, Savannah, Ga.
Religion: Jewish Religion: Presbyterian Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Husband, David; two children Family: Wife, Pamela Dent; three children Family: Wife, Mary Anne Inglis; five
Education: Simmons College, B.A. 1970; Education: Penn State U., B.A. 1982; children
Bryn Mawr College, M.S.W. 1972 Lehigh U., M.P.A. 1993 Education: Duke U., B.A. 1981; U. of
Career: City child and elderly welfare Career: College fundraiser; electronics Virginia, J.D. 1984
official; women’s health center founder salesman; hotel clerk; congressional aide Career: Lawyer
Political Highlights: Pa. Senate, 1991- Political Highlights: Pa. House, 1991-99; Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1993-
present; sought Democratic nomination Pa. Senate, 1999-present 99; Republican nominee for U.S. Senate,
for U.S. Senate, 2000 1998
Democrat Allyson Charlie Dent has no In the six years since
Schwartz will arrive illusions of writing he left the House, Bob
in Congress already a major legislation as a Inglis has changed his
legislative veteran of freshman, but the Re- mind about several of
14 years in the Penn- publican does have the things that pro-
sylvania Senate, with plenty of parochial pelled him toward
a lengthy record on concerns he would Washington the first
health care, educa- like to see Congress time around.
tion and jobs. address in his first term. Inglis first was elected in 1992, part
Democrats were the minority party That list includes preventing other of the early wave of “revolutionary” Re-
during most of her years in the state’s states from shipping waste to Pennsyl- publicans who won control of the
upper chamber. With that experience vania and providing funds to build a chamber two years later. Like many can-
in hand, Schwartz says she plans to new bridge across the Lehigh River in didates then, he campaigned vigorously
continue her focus on social policy in his hometown of Allentown. Dent also against many of the practices of the in-
the GOP-controlled House. believes the federal government has stitution he wanted to join, vowed to
Schwartz, who calls her state’s Chil- gotten too involved in managing state stay no more than three terms and ad-
dren’s Health Insurance Program “one voter registration rules. For example, vocated the elimination of political ac-
of my proudest accomplishments,” he opposes the 1993 “motor voter” law, tion committees. But this year, he nei-
wants to expand child health care cov- which requires states to let citizens reg- ther promised to limit his congressional
erage for working families. She says she ister to vote when they obtain or renew tenure nor spoke out against the cam-
also wants to make it easier for small their driver’s licenses. paign finance system.
businesses to band together to reduce “Some of them may not be great Inglis kept to the letter of his initial
their health care costs. campaign issues, but they’re important term limits pledge by running for the
Congress should retool the Medi- issues nonetheless,” said Dent, a 13- Senate in 1998, losing to Democrat
care prescription drug benefit enacted year veteran of the state legislature. Ernest F. Hollings. He then returned to
in 2003 to make it “simpler” for recipi- “We have continuing infrastructure his lucrative commercial law practice
ents, Schwartz says. She also favors al- needs in the city of Bethlehem. We in Greenville, S.C. A soft-spoken, in-
lowing Medicare to negotiate with need to make improvements along the variably polite man, he says his six
drug companies for bulk discounts. Route 412 corridor.” years back in business gave him a dif-
On education, she says she will work His eagerness to help direct federal ferent perspective on his former office.
to increase funding for Head Start and money to his district is one of a several “Things are perceived very differently
for “quality” child care. important ways Dent differs from his at home than in Congress,” he said.
Schwartz said she ran for Congress predecessor, Republican Patrick J. Inglis sat on the Judiciary and Bud-
because she believes the federal gov- Toomey, who took deeply conservative get committees during his first House
ernment can “do a better job investing stances on fiscal and social issues. tenure but is now angling for a seat on
in our priorities,” and it should be help- Also unlike Toomey, Dent supports either the Energy and Commerce or
ing “to make sure our states can meet abortion rights and expanding embry- Transportation and Infrastructure pan-
their obligations” on issues such as onic stem cell research. Dent said he els, which could help him focus on
health care and education. At the same wants to focus less on ideological issues some district issues.
time, she says she will “ask the hard and more on serving constituents. “We are quick to criticize Demo-
questions” to make sure the govern- “I will probably be a congressman crats for being tax-and-spend liberals,”
ment is “fiscally responsible.” who is really going to pay attention the he said. “But that may be more honest
Schwartz also favors eliminating details in the community. I’ll be look- than being no-tax-and-spend Republi-
tax “incentives” for U.S. companies to ing for opportunities and ways to solve cans. We’ve got to be real clear that we
send jobs overseas. problems,” he said. are the party of fiscal responsibility.”
Page 36 CQToday, Thursday, November 4, 2004
TEXAS (1) TEXAS (2) TEXAS (9)
Louie Gohmert, R Ted Poe, R Al Green, D
Election: Defeated Rep. Max Sandlin, D Election: Defeated Rep. Nick Lampson, D Election: Defeated Arlette Molina, R, after
Home: Tyler Home: Humble defeating Rep. Chris Bell in the primary
Born: Aug. 18, 1953, Pittsburg, Texas Born: Sept. 10, 1948, Temple, Texas Home: Houston
Religion: Baptist Religion: United Church of Christ Born: Sept. 1, 1947, New Orleans, La.
Family: Wife, Kathy Gohmert; three Family: Wife, Carol Poe; four children Religion: Christian
children Education: Abilene Christian College, B.A. Family: Divorced
Education: Texas A&M U., B.A. 1975; 1970; U. of Houston, J.D. 1973 Education: Florida A&M U., attended
Baylor U., J.D. 1977 Military: Air Force Reserve, 1970-76 1966-71; Tuskegee Institute of Technology,
Military: Army, 1978-82 Career: County prosecutor; college attended; Texas Southern U., J.D. 1973
Career: Lawyer; state prosecutor instructor Career: Lawyer; NAACP chapter president
Political Highlights: Smith County Political Highlights: Harris County Political Highlights: Harris County
District Court judge, 1993-2002; Texas District Court judge, 1981-2003 Justice of the Peace Court judge, 1977-
Court of Appeals chief justice, 2002-03 2004; candidate for mayor of Houston,
With the odds in the A former state district To help boost the
redistricted 1st dis- judge and assistant dis- number of GOP-held
trict in his favor, trict attorney, Republi- congressional seats in
Louis Gohmert over- can Ted Poe has been Texas, the state legisla-
came Democratic serving Harris County, ture last year concen-
Rep. Max Sandlin to Texas, for the last 31 trated Democratic vot-
represent the east years. ers in three districts
Texas district. Poe has been well- without resident in-
Gohmert heads to Washington with known in Harris County for his unusu- cumbents and with demographics that
the war on terror uppermost in his al sentences, called “Poe-etic justice” could elect a new African-American and
mind and an itch to help the Republi- by many. Poe said he saw 25,000 court two new Hispanics to Congress.
can leadership do what is necessary to cases over 20 years on the bench and But only the black Democrat is mov-
protect the country. Gohmert said he used all aspects of the criminal justice ing to Washington: Al Green, a justice
considers national defense to be the system to make first offenders pay for of the peace in Houston for the past 27
federal government’s No. 1 priority and their crimes. years and a veteran civil rights advocate
said he would work in Congress to en- One of his more famous punish- who was the city’s NAACP chapter
sure that the fight against terrorists ments required a convicted auto thief president for a decade, ending in 1996.
stays overseas instead of “in our own to serve jail time — and to hand over In a portion of the city and its suburbs
streets.” the keys of his Trans Am to a 75-year- where blacks account for two-fifths of
Gohmert said a key component of old grandmother, who drove the car the population, he won the primary
keeping the country safe is further se- until the vehicle stolen by the thief was with two-thirds of the vote against
curing the borders. recovered and repaired. freshman Rep. Chris Bell.
Gohmert, a former Army captain, Poe also made a burglar stand in In January, Texas will have three
said he is reluctant to use the military front of a store wearing an “I stole African-Americans in its delegation for
to protect the borders. from this store” sign, and he has re- the first time. The others are Democrats
But the emergency nature of the war quired convicted killers to put up pic- Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas and
on terrorism has changed the world in tures of their victims in their jail cells Sheila Jackson-Lee of Houston.
which we live, he said, so he would for years. Shaking things up in Washington
support the use of soldiers to protect Poe said he would use that same cre- does not appear to be a high priority for
the borders until enough border agents ativity to solve some of the most press- Green, who exhibited a subdued and de-
are trained to do the job effectively. ing problems facing Congress, includ- liberate manner in his campaign and in
As with most Republican freshmen, ing a rising deficit and increased costs discussions since then about his new ca-
Gohmert stressed the need to cut in- in health care. reer. His comments suggest he is likely to
come taxes, eliminate the inheritance He said he also wants to create a na- stay close to the party line as a freshman.
tax and further reduce the “marriage tional sex registry for pedophiles. Cur- He says he has no preferred committee
penalty.” rently, child molesters are required to assignment and is happy to serve wher-
Gohmert said the current tax code register with the state after completing ever party leaders place him.
is broken and needs to be replaced with their sentences, but there is nothing Green said a main focus in Congress
a system that is simpler, fairer and low- preventing them from moving to a dif- would be fortifying Social Security, the
er. He said he would be willing to con- ferent state and failing to register. primary income for many in a district
sider a flat tax or a national sales tax Poe said he has been too focused on that has a large low-income popula-
that would meet those goals. his election to consider which commit- tion. He also said he would like to see
Gohmert said his background as a tees he would like to serve on and pre- Congress help emerging businesses suc-
judge has him considering asking for a ferred to leave the decision up to the ceed, making sure “small businesses not
seat on the Judiciary Committee. House leadership. only survive but thrive.”
CQToday, Thursday, November 4, 2004 Page 37
TEXAS (10) TEXAS (11) TEXAS (24)
Michael McCaul, R Mike Conaway, R Kenny Marchant, R
Election: Defeated Robert Fritsche, Election: Defeated Wayne Raasch, D, to Election: Defeated Gary R. Page, D, to win
Libertarian, to win new seat win new seat new seat
Home: Austin Home: Midland Home: Coppell
Born: Jan. 14, 1962, Dallas, Texas Born: June 11, 1948, Borger, Texas Born: Feb. 23, 1951, Bonham, Texas
Religion: Roman Catholic Religion: Baptist Religion: Nazarene
Family: Wife, Linda McCaul; five children Family: Wife, Suzanne; four children Family: Wife, Donna; four children
Education: Trinity U., B.A. 1984; St. Education: East Texas State U., B.B.A. Education: Southern Nazarene U., B.A.
Mary’s U. (Texas), J.D. 1987 1970 1974; Nazarene Theological Seminary,
Career: U.S. Justice Department official; Military: Army, 1970-72 attended 1975-76
state prosecutor; federal prosecutor; Career: Accountant; bank chief financial Career: Real estate developer;
lawyer officer; oil and gas exploration CFO homebuilding company owner
Political Highlights: No previous office Political Highlights: Midland school Political Highlights: Carrollton City
board, 1985-88; candidate for U.S. House Council, 1980-84; mayor of Carrollton,
(special election), 2003 1984-86; Texas House, 1987-present
Michael McCaul says Seventeen months Kenny Marchant is
his career path from the ago, Mike Conaway proof that a seat in
Justice Department to was an asterisk in the Congress can come to
the Texas attorney gen- history of the Texas those who wait — es-
eral’s office and on to GOP, having lost a pecially to those fortu-
Congress “stems from special congressional nate enough to draw
my religious beliefs that election to fellow the boundaries of their
say you have to do Republican Randy own constituency.
something worthwhile with your life in Neugebauer by 587 votes. A member of the Texas House since
the service of others.” But thanks to the mid-decade re- 1987, Marchant was planning a bid for
But his most recent step was also drawing of the state’s congressional Congress two years ago from suburban
paved by the political largess of the state map last fall, Conaway is coming to Dallas — until fellow Republican Pete
legislature, which assembled a district Congress to represent a West Texas Sessions, an incumbent, chose to run
stretching across central Texas connect- district drawn with him in mind. there instead. But when the state legis-
ing the Austin and Houston suburbs. Powerful GOP legislators wanted to lature redrew the congressional bound-
The district is so reliably Republican that center a new House seat in Midland, aries last year, Marchant, as a member of
no Democrat filed to run. (Only one oth- the economic capital of the oil- and the state House Redistricting Commit-
er open-seat candidate in the nation, gas-rich Permian Basin. Increasing tee, was ideally positioned to oversee
Georgia Republican Tom Price, lacked domestic energy production will be the drawing of a new seat with his own
any general election opposition.) one of Conaway’s top policy priori- ambition in mind. The 24th District is
McCaul already is planning his next ties. centered in Carrollton, where
campaign, for president of the freshman But the 11th District also includes Marchant has been an officeholder for a
class of House Republicans, where he significant amounts of farmland, and quarter-century.
hopes to benefit from the votes of an Conaway hopes for placement on the Marchant was a reliable supporter of
unusually large contingent of fellow Agriculture Committee so he can work George W. Bush during his six years as
Texans. to make foreign markets more accessi- governor of Texas; he says the two
McCaul describes himself as a “con- ble to Texas agricultural products, espe- agree on social and fiscal policy “99
servative Republican” — he says his cially cotton, the principal crop grown percent of the time.” He said that in
top legislative priority is to make per- by his new constituents. Congress his top priority would be
manent the tax cuts that President As one of the few certified public ac- pushing down the deficit, because,
Bush pushed to enactment in 2001 and countants in the 109th Congress, “The No. 1 priority in my district is
2003 — and he clearly has strong parti- Conaway also sees himself as a natural fit getting spending under control.”
san instincts. But he said he is willing for the Financial Services Committee. Having served as chairman of the
to work with Democratic members to A self-described fiscal and social state House Banking Committee from
get more accomplished for his district. conservative, Conaway says his voting 1993 to 1999, Marchant says he would
McCaul said he will take any commit- record will reflect a commitment to be a good fit for the Financial Services
tee assignment the Republican leader- lower taxes, smaller government and a Committee. He also would like a seat on
ship gives him — but his first choice stronger military. Transportation and Infrastructure so he
would be a seat on Judiciary, which He was helped in his rise as a public could look after the needs of Dallas-Fort
would be a logical assignment for a veter- figure by his close ties to George W. Worth International Airport, which is in
an of the Justice Department’s counter- Bush. The two are near the same age the 24th District.
terrorism office and a former federal pros- and knew each other socially in Mid- Marchant also has expressed interest
ecutor. “I have national security experi- land. From 1981 until 1986, Conaway in representing the freshman class on the
ence, and clearances and expertise I can was the chief financial officer of Bush’s Republican Steering Committee, which
bring to the table,” he said. Arbusto Energy Inc. assigns committee seats for the party.
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TEXAS (28) VIRGINIA (2) WASHINGTON (5)
Henry Cuellar, D Thelma Drake, R Cathy McMorris, R
Election: Defeated James Hopson, R, Election: Defeated David Ashe, D, to Election: Defeated Don Barbieri, D, to
after defeating Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez in succeed Ed Schrock, R, who retired succeed George Nethercutt, R, who ran
the primary Home: Norfolk for Senate
Home: Laredo Born: Nov. 20, 1949, Elyria, Ohio Home: Loon Lake
Born: Sept. 19, 1955, Laredo, Texas Religion: United Church of Christ Born: May 22, 1969, Salem, Ore.
Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Husband, Thomas E. “Ted” Drake; Religion: Christian non-denominational
Family: Wife, Imelda Cuellar; two children two children Family: Single
Education: Georgetown U., B.S.F.S. 1978; Education: Elyria H.S., graduated 1967 Education: Pensacola Christian College,
U. of Texas, J.D. 1981; Laredo State U., Career: Realtor; siding company owner B.A. 1990; U. of Washington, M.B.A. 2002
M.B.A. 1982; U. of Texas, Ph.D. 1998 Political Highlights: Republican nominee Career: Fruit orchard worker; state
Career: Lawyer; global trade firm owner for Va. House, 1993; Va. House, 1996- legislative aide
Political Highlights: Texas House, 1987- present Political Highlights: Wash. House, 1994-
2001; Texas secretary of state, 2001; present (minority leader, 2002-03)
Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2002
Though he stands out Thelma Drake re- At age 35, Cathy Mc-
as one of the two new ceived an early prom- Morris has been tout-
House Democrats ise from House Speak- ed as a rising star in
from Texas in a year er J. Dennis Hastert, Washington state pol-
dominated by GOP R-Ill., of a slot on the itics.
gains in that state, Armed Services Com- She was named mi-
Henry Cuellar may mittee — a real boon nority leader in the
not be as welcomed by for a candidate run- state House last year,
his party as many other freshmen. ning in a district with a heavy concen- and used that recogni-
Many members of the Hispanic tration of military installations. “I tion to help land a seat in Congress.
Caucus believe Cuellar was not the think that will be an excellent oppor- On Capitol Hill, McMorris said
true winner in his contested, 58-vote tunity to work on military issues and she plans to continue the focus on
March primary upset of incumbent policy for military families,” she said. health care issues she cultivated in
Ciro D. Rodriguez, this year’s caucus The big issue, she says, is making Olympia. She supports measures that
chairman, who has already declared he sure “that our military has the most would limit medical malpractice law-
will seek to regain the seat in 2006. modern weapons systems, that they’ve suits and cap jury awards for pain and
And other Democrats are suspicious of got the armaments and the tools that suffering.
Cuellar’s partisan loyalties, given that they need to be on the front line.” Reflecting the needs of her mostly
as a member of the state House he en- Shipyards employ thousands of dis- rural constituency, she also wants to in-
dorsed George W. Bush for president in trict residents, and Drake supports the crease Medicaid reimbursement rates
2000 and the next year took a plum job Navy’s next-generation aircraft carrier, to rural hospitals.
as secretary of state in the administra- CVN-21. “I think that should move for- Her priorities probably will make
tion of Bush’s successor as governor, ward,” she said. “I think that people here her a loyal Republican vote on most is-
Republican Rick Perry. are concerned about the number of ships sues. Eastern Washington is ideologi-
Cuellar describes himself as a “moder- in our military.” cally more aligned with neighboring
ate conservative” who plans to join the Drake also sees the military as an in- Idaho than with the rest of state.
Blue Dog Coalition of the caucus’ most strument of job creation through form- McMorris — whose family owns a
conservative members and promises to ing partnerships with local colleges and fruit orchard — said she would like to
reach across the aisle to cut deals. But he universities. She aims to “hopefully work on issues that affect small busi-
says he has no plans to join the GOP. bring some appropriation dollars back nesses.
His long-term goal is a seat on the to the 2nd District for that purpose.” She also expresses concern for the
Appropriations Committee, but as a Drake made her anti-tax reputation region’s natural resource-based econo-
freshman Cuellar will seek assignments in the state House by opposing a tax in- my, which has suffered recently. The
to Transportation and Infrastructure, to crease, backed by many GOP legisla- energy market in the Pacific North-
help repave and widen many roads in tors, to close a budget shortfall. In Con- west has changed for the worse, she
south Texas, and Armed Services, to gress, she wants to “continue the tax said.
help look out for the one Army and cuts to keep our economy going and cre- “It wasn’t long ago we had the most
three Air Force bases in San Antonio. ate new jobs” and overhaul the IRS. competitive rates in the country,” she
Cuellar won on his second try for Drake supports a tax code that is said.
Congress. In 2002, he came within 6,500 “broad-based, fair and simple,” though McMorris also said she would also
votes of unseating GOP incumbent she has not settled on an alternative. “I like to see changes made to the Endan-
Henry Bonilla. To protect Bonilla from a don’t have that answer, but I have the gered Species Act. Many Republicans
rematch, state Republicans redrew dis- commitment that this is something that have complained that enforcement of
trict lines so that the two would be in has got to be done and has to be dealt the law has prevented projects that
separate districts. with as quickly as possible,” she said. could provide big economic benefits.
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WASHINGTON (8) WISCONSIN (4) PUERTO RICO (AL)
Dave Reichert, R Gwen Moore, D Luis Fortuño, R
Pronounced: RIKE-ert Election: Defeated Gerald H. Boyle, R, to Election: Defeated Roberto L. Prats-
Election: Defeated Dave Ross, D, to succeed Gerald D. Kleczka, D, who retired Palerm, D, to succeed Anibal Acevedo-
succeed Jennifer Dunn, R, who retired Home: Milwaukee Vila, D, who ran for governor
Home: Auburn Born: April 18, 1951, Racine, Wis. Home: Guaynabo
Born: Aug. 29, 1950, Detroit Lakes, Minn. Religion: Baptist Born: Oct. 31, 1960, San Juan, P.R.
Religion: Lutheran - Missouri Synod Family: Single; three children Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Julie; three children Education: Marquette U., B.A. 1978 Family: Wife, Luce Fortuno; three children
Education: Concordia College, A.A. 1970 Career: State agency legislative analyst; Education: Georgetown U., B.S.F.S. 1982;
Military: Air Force Reserve, 1971-76; Air city development specialist; VISTA U. of Virginia, J.D. 1985
Force, 1976 volunteer Career: Lawyer
Career: Police officer; grocery warehouse Political Highlights: Wis. Assembly, Political Highlights: P.R. Tourism
worker 1989-92; Wis. Senate, 1993-present Company executive director, 1993-96;
Political Highlights: King County sheriff, (president pro tempore, 1997-98) P.R. Economic Development and
1997-present Commerce secretary, 1994-96
Dave Reichert’s claim As one of a handful of The only member of
to fame comes from African-Americans in the House with a four-
his tenure as King the freshman class, and year term, Luis For-
County Sheriff and as the first black ever tuño is the first resi-
his apprehension of to represent Wisconsin dent commissioner of
Green River serial in Congress, Gwen the commonwealth to
killer Gary Ridgway, Moore should not caucus with the Re-
whom he had pursued have much difficulty publicans. GOP lead-
for two decades. finding a place on the national stage. ers hope he will be a conservative voice
In Congress, Reichert said he hopes But she says she plans to keep her focus for Hispanics both in Puerto Rico and
to broaden his profile by playing an ac- local, advocating programs and policies in the United States.
tive role on the numerous issues facing that will benefit her largely blue-collar But Puerto Rico’s territorial status
his suburban Seattle district. He is also Milwaukee constituency. remains a hot-button issue, and For-
aware, however, that GOP leaders may Moore’s voting patterns likely will tuño plans to push for a congressionally
see him as a good public voice on issues not differ from the reliably liberal, party mandated plebiscite so Puerto Rican
of crime and punishment. loyalist record of her predecessor, Demo- voters can decide among status options
“There will be, I think, some attempt crat Gerald D. Kleczka. But, while he including statehood. “We’ve fought in
to draw upon my experience as a local was best known for his pro-union agen- every war this century and the last —
leader in law enforcement,” he said. “I da, she has said she will be more busi- we have earned that right to decide,”
want to be thoroughly involved in that, ness-friendly in working on issues affect- he says.
but I don’t want to get pigeonholed.” ing the urban poor and working class — Other parochial issues, such as job
Reichert said his time spent pa- the focus of much of her work during 16 creation and improving Medicare cov-
trolling streets, combating crime and years as a state legislator. erage for Puerto Ricans, are also ex-
running the sheriff’s office also showed “I do get it as a Democrat that busi- pected to be high on his agenda.
him a great deal about the social and nesses create jobs and we’ve got to cre- Still, Fortuño maintains he will not
economic problems that create a fertile ate incentives for businesses to remain be hemmed in by island politics. His
environment for crime. Being sheriff in our community,” she said. “We’ve broader political platform embraces
taught him a great deal about fiscal got to help them with health care and tax cuts, a balanced budget, strong de-
management and oversight, he said. provide tax credits for job creation.” fense and a continued embargo of
One local concern Reichert will be Still, Moore also holds to the idea Cuba. He is a strong opponent of abor-
expected to address is traffic. His dis- that the federal government should tion.
trict is growing rapidly and many of its play a significant role in alleviating lo- Volunteer campaign work for
residents commute to and from Seattle cal problems, and she hopes to win Ronald Reagan in 1980 helped plant
on a daily basis. more appropriations earmarks for Mil- the seeds of Fortuño’s GOP ideals, and
He said his constituents will have to waukee than it has received recently. guidance from former Puerto Rican
join with him, however, if they want Moore says her early career in Wis- Gov. Luis A. Ferré, a statehood advo-
federal money to expand and improve consin’s housing and health departments cate and influential Republican leader,
the area’s highways — he said he gave her a familiarity with welfare pro- further cemented them.
learned lessons about such collabora- grams. That in turn has led her to advo- Fortuño keeps a piece of the Berlin
tion when he and other sheriffs lobbied cate expanding the federal definition of wall on his desk as a memento of an era
Congress for help combating drugs. poverty to include not only income lev- when “the world was divided in two —
“What I believe about transporta- els but also home heating, prescription one was free and the other was not.”
tion is that the community has to come drug and child care costs. She says she He is interested in both the Re-
together and come up with a regional would like a committee assignment that sources and Financial Services commit-
plan,” he said. gives her a voice in the welfare debate. tees.