Now that the election dust has settled, we get a better glimpse of the new Congress. Some good guys were lost and some bad ones, too. Here are some of the most notable.
Of those in the House who retired, we lost Ron Paul of Texas and David Dreier of California. I always appreciated Dreier who communicated well with the media and understood our fiscal mess. Jerry Lewis (R-Ca) retired, too. He spent 17 terms in the House. Dan Burton (R-Ind) is gone as well. He’s a loss. So is Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) who was a staunch pro lifer.
On the good riddance side, we are now free of Democrat from Massachusetts Barney Frank (thanks for the Fannie & Freddie mess) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif). Woolsey is as left as they come. Alan West called her a Communist. About right. Gone, too, are nasty New York Democrat Gary Ackerman and Democrat Heath Shuler of North Carolina whose district was cut up. Dan Boren (D-OK) left. He is uncle to Paul Ryan’s wife.
In the resigned category are Dennis Cardoza of California and fellow California Democrat Jane Harman. Jesse Jackson Jr. retired before he was even sworn in for another term because of his psychological meltdown. We will miss witty Republican Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan who didn’t file papers for re-election when he decided to run for president. I hope he lands well somewhere because he is one who gets it and gives it with humor and style.
Other Republicans defeated in the election are Mary Bono Mack of California, Ann Mary Buerkle, a one term Tea Party person from New York and Nan Hayworth, also a Republican from New York. In Illinois Tea Party backed Joe Walsh lost and so did Bobby Schilling. Allen West lost in Florida and Bob Turner in New York. Todd Akins of Missouri, Connie Mack of Florida and Rick Berg of North Dakota lost their seats in attempts to win Senate ones.
Successful moves to the Senate were accomplished by Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Flake (R-Az). Republican Mike Pence will become governor of Indiana.
Senate retirements include Daniel Akaka (D-Hi), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tx), Herb Kohl (D-Wi), Jon Kyl (R-Az), Joe Lieberman (I-Ct), Ben Nelson (D-Neb), Republican Olympia Snow of Maine and Democrat Jim Webb of Virginia.
There is a complete summary here: http://www.rollcall.com/politics/casualtylist.html