Outlook for the House4Outlook for the Senate8Results of Senate elections10Dates to watch12Statistics of the new Congress14Departing members of the 111th16Introduction to new members19The new senators20The new representatives30Impact on House committees67House rules and organization70Impact on Senate committees75
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They promised to roll back what Democrats achievedover the past two years. But Republicans will probablyhave to settle for blocking the Obama administra-tion’s priorities as both parties prepare for 2012.Speaker-in-waiting John A. Boehner’s big challengemay be in keeping his diverse caucus in the corral.
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Big Republican wins will produce a near mirrorimage of the committee party ratios that Demo-crats enjoyed the past two years. They also giveGOP leaders the gavels and a slew of committeeslots to hand out to new members. The newminority also faces a reshufing of assignments.
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The Democrats held the chamber, but Republicanleader Mitch McConnell has six more avenues toblock majority efforts. Each side talks of compro-mise, but in ways that are cautious and qualied. Tax and budget issues will be the rst tests.
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Democrats will hang on to their chairs but loseseats on almost every Senate committee. Underheavy pressure to cut spending, the Appropria-tions panel, once a bipartisan refuge, is likely to seesharper divisions, and will have to deal with aGOP push to “de-fund” the health care overhaul.
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I’m fond of saying that this eagerly awaitedGuide to the ew Congress “mints” newlawmakers every two years. It’s the rstchance anyone gets to learn about thefreshman class all in one place. or morethan two decades, this guide has served as acompanion to C’s biennial Election ImpactConference, held the Thursday after Elec-tion Day, in which we convene the nation’sforemost political and legislative analysts fora daylong discussion of the implications of the recent poll results. This year the guidewas jointly produced by the C and Roll Callnewsrooms, following the merger last yearthat created C Roll Call.Putting together this guide is easier whenmore incumbents keep their seats. Withdecades of experience predicting out-comes of races, we do a pretty good job of identifying the vast majority of incumbentswho are about to lose and writing prolesof their opponents ahead of time. or eachopen-seat race that is too close to call, wepre-write two proles, one for each contes-tant. This year we ended up writing a record183 proles, including 54 proles for 27races that were too close to call. appily, thisyear we ended up hastily writing only fourproles for candidates whose upset victoriessurprised us after the polls closed.ou’ll also notice a new logo for C Roll Callon the cover: We gured this publication,which, after all, “mints” the new Congress,would be a perfect place to mint the newlook for our now fully unied company. Wehope you like it – and we hope you’ll let CRoll Call be your guide throughout the newCongress.
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Guide to the New Congress
*Victors were yet to be determined ov. 3 inouse districts in Arizona, California, Illinois, Ken-tucky, ew ork, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The Senate races in Alaska and Washington alsohad not been decided ov. 3.Visit rollcallpolitics.com for continuing coverageof the 2010 elections.