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Welcome to the 117th Congress

After a remarkably challenging election season, and the unprecedented assault on the U.S. Capitol this week, the electoral college votes have been certified for the presidential election. As was underscored during that process, and as our elected representatives made clear, the underpinnings of our democracy and the legitimacy of our electoral process was reaffirmed. With one House seat yet to be settled, this alert provides information on the election results to date and includes information on new members joining both chambers.

The information related to Senate and House leadership positions and their respective committees is current to the best of our knowledge, but may be subject to change.

2020 Presidential Election Results2020 Presidential Election Results

Senate Balance of Power
Senate Balance of Power

2020 U.S. Senate Results
2020 U.S. Senate Results

Senate Leadership


President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Assistant Leader Patty Murray (D-WA)
Policy and Communications Committee Chair  Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Policy and Communications Committee Vice Chairs Joe Manchin, III (D-WV)
Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Vice Conference Chairs  Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Steering Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Outreach Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Outreach Vice Chair Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Conference Secretary Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairs

Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)


Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Republican Whip John Thune (R-SD)
Conference Chair John Barrasso (R-WY)
Conference Vice Chair Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Policy Committee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott (R-FL)

Incoming Freshmen

Bill Hagerty Sen. Bill Hagerty
U.S. Senator-elect
Republican – Tennessee
First Term – Elected in 2020
Roger Marshall Sen. Roger Marshall
U.S. Senator-elect
Republican – Kansas
First Term – Elected in 2020
John Hickenlooper Sen. John Hickenlooper
U.S. Senator-elect
Democrat – Colorado
First Term – Elected in 2020
Jon Ossoff Sen. Jon Ossoff
U.S. Senator-elect
Democrat – Georgia
First Term – Elected in 2021 (Runoff election)
Mark Kelly Sen. Mark Kelly
U.S. Senator-elect
Democrat – Arizona
First Term – Elected in 2020
Alex Padilla Sen. Alex Padilla
U.S. Senator-elect
Democrat – California
First Term – Appointed to fill Kamala Harris' seat
Ben Ray Luján Sen. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. Senator-elect
Democrat – New Mexico
First Term – Elected in 2020
Tommy Tuberville Sen. Tommy Tuberville
U.S. Senator-elect
Republican – Alabama
First Term – Elected in 2020
Cynthia Lummis Sen. Cynthia Lummis
U.S. Senator-elect
Republican – Wyoming
First Term – Elected in 2020
Raphael Warnock Sen. Raphael Warnock
U.S. Senator-elect
Democrat – Georgia
First Term – Elected in 2021 (Runoff election)

Defeated Incumbents


Pre-election Incumbent

New Senator

Alabama Doug Jones (D-AL) Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)
Arizona Martha McSally (R-AZ) Mark Kelly (D-AZ)
Colorado Cory Gardner (R-CO) John Hickenlooper (R-CO)
Georgia Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) Raphael Warnock (D-GA)
Georgia David Perdue (R-GA) Jon Ossoff (D-GA)

Did Not Seek Re-election in 2020

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Mike Enzi (R-WY) Tom Udall (D-NM)

Senators Re-elected


Cory Booker (D-NJ) Gary Peters (D-MI)
Chris Coon (D-DE) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Richard Durban (D-IL) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Edward Markey (D-MA) Tina Smith (D-MN)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Mark Warner (D-VA)


Bill Cassidy (R-LA) James Inhofe (R-OK)
Susan Collins (R-ME) Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
John Cornyn (R-TX) Jim Rish (R-ID)
Tom Cotton (R-AR) Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Steve Daines (R-MT) Ben Sasse (R-NE)
Joni Ernst (R-IA) Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)

Senate Committee Leadership

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Appropriations Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Armed Services Jack Reed (D-RI)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Budget Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Commerce, Science and Transportation Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Energy and Natural Resources Joe Manchin (D-WV)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Finance Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Foreign Relations Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)
(final leadership undecided)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Gary Peters (D-MI)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Indian Affairs
(final leadership undecided)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Intelligence Mark Warner (D-VA)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Judiciary Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Rules and Administration Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
(final leadership undecided)
Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Special Committee on Aging Bob Casey (D-PA)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Veterans' Affairs Jon Tester (D-MT)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Date to Watch

January 20, 2021 Presidential Inauguration

House Balance of Power

U.S. House Balance of Power
House Balance of Power - Key

Not Yet Called:

New York's 22nd District: Republican challenger Claudia Tenney is leading Democrat incumbent Anthony Brindisi by 29 votes. The judicial review, which began November 23, remains in progress. There are plans to review about 2,500 contested ballots to determine who won the election.

House Leadership


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC)
Senior Chief Deputy Whips G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Chief Deputy Whips Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Dan Kildee (D-MI)
Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Peter Welch (D-VT)
Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA)
Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Caucus Vice Chair Pete Aguilar (D-CA)
Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chairs Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Matt Cartwright (D-PA)
Joe Neguse (D-CO)
Five Terms or Fewer Representative Colin Allred (D-TX)
Steering and Policy Committee Co-Chairs
Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
Freshman Caucus Representative Mondaire Jones (D-NY)


Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY)
Conference Vice Chair Mike Johnson (R-LA)
NRCC Chair Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Policy Chair Gary Palmer (R-AL)
Conference Secretary Jason Smith (R-MO)

Incoming Freshmen


  • Jerry Carl: Republican, AL-01
  • Barry Moore: Republican, AL-02


  • Jay Obernolte: Republican, CA-08
  • David Valadao: Republican, CA-21
  • Young Kim: Republican, CA-39
  • Michelle Steel: Republican, CA-48
  • Darrell Issa: Republican, CA-50
  • Sara Jacobs: Democrat, CA-53


  • Lauren Boebert: Republican, CO-03


  • Kat Cammack: Republican, FL-03
  • Scott Franklin: Republican, FL-15
  • Byron Donalds: Republican, FL-19
  • Carlos Gimenez: Republican, FL-26
  • Maria Elvira Salazara: Republican, FL-27


  • Nikema Williams: Democrat, GA-05
  • Carolyn Bourdeaux: Democrat, GA-07
  • Andrew Clyde: Republican, GA-09
  • Marjorie Taylor Green: Republican, GA-15


  • Kai Kahele: Democrat, HI-02


  • Marie Newman: Democrat, IL-03
  • Mary Miller: Republican, IL-15


  • Frank Mrvan: Democrat, IN-01
  • Victoria Spartz: Republican, IN-05


  • Ashley Hinson: Republican, IA-01
  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks: Republican, IA-02
  • Randy Feenstra: Republican, IA-04


  • Tracey Mann: Republican, KS-01
  • Jake LaTurner: Republican, KS-02


  • Jake Auchincloss: Democrat, MA-04


  • Peter Meijer: Republican, MI-03
  • Lisa McClain: Republican, MI-10


  • Michelle Fischbach: Republican, MN-07


  • Cori Bush: Democrat, MO-01


  • Matt Rosendale: Republican, MT-AL

New Mexico

  • Yvette Herrell: Republican, NM-02
  • Teresa Leger Fernandez: Democrat, NM-03

New York

  • Andrew Garbarino: Republican, NY-02
  • Nicole Malliotakis: Republican, NY-11
  • Ritchie Torres: Democrat, NY-15
  • Jamaal Bowman: Democrat, NY-16
  • Mondaire Jones: Democrat, NY-17

North Carolina

  • Deborah Ross: Democrat, NC-02
  • Kathy Manning: Democrat, NC-06
  • Madison Cawthorn: Republican, NC-11


  • Stephanie Bice: Republican, OK-05


  • Cliff Bentz: Republican, OR-02

South Carolina

  • Nancy Mace: Republican, SC-01


  • Diana Harshbarger: Republican, TN-01


  • Pat Fallon: Republican, TX-04
  • August Pfluger: Republican, TX-11
  • Ronny Jackson: Republican, TX-13
  • Pete Sessions: Republican, TX-17
  • Troy Nehls: Republican, TX-22
  • Tony Gonzales: Republican, TX-23
  • Beth Van Duyne: Republican, TX-24


  • Blake Moore: Republican, UT-01
  • Burgess Owens: Republican, UT-04


  • Robert Good: Republican, VA-10


  • Marilyn Strickland: Democrat, WA-10


  • Scott Fitzgerald: Republican, WI-10

Defeated Incumbents


Pre-election Incumbent

New Representative

California's 21st TJ Cox (D-CA) David Valadao (R-CA)
California's 39th Gil Cisneros (D-CA) Young Kim (R-CA)
California's 48th Harley Rouda (D-CA) Michelle Steel (R-CA)
Florida's 26th Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) Carlos Gimenez (R-FL)
Florida's 27th Donna Shalala (D-FL) Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL)
Iowa's 1st Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) Ashley Hinson (R-IA)
Minnesota's 7th Collin Peterson (D-MN) Michelle Fischbach (R-MN)
New Mexico's 2nd Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) Yvette Herrell (R-NM)
New York's 11th Max Rose (D-NY) Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY)
Oklahoma's 5th Kendra Horn (D-OK) Stephanie Bice (R-OK)
South Carolina's 1st Joe Cunningham (D-SC) Nancy Mace (R-SC)

House Committee Leadership

Agriculture David Scott (D-GA)
G.T. Thompson (R-PA)
Appropriations Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Kay Granger (R-TX)
Armed Services Adam Smith (D-WA)
Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Budget John Yarmuth (D-KY)
Jason Smith (R-MO)
Education and Labor Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Financial Services Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Homeland Security Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
John Katko (R-NY)
House Administration
(final leadership undecided)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Judiciary Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Natural Resources Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Bruce Westerman (R-AR)
Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
James Comer (R-KY)
(final leadership undecided)
Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Tom Cole (R-OK)
Science, Space, and Technology Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Small Business Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Veterans' Affairs Mark Takano (D-CA)
Mike Bost (R-IL)
Ways and Means Richard Neal (D-MA)
Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Party Control of State Governments

The chart below illustrates the 2020 governor and state legislature results.

Party Control of State Governments

*Note that Nebraska has a non-partisan unicameral legislature.

If you have any questions about the content contained in this alert, please contact Sheila P. Burke, Thomas Shaw, or one of the Baker Donelson attorneys for whom your regulatory work. Learn more about the Firm's Government Relations and Public Policy Group.

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