The partisan makeup of Barletta's Northeastern Pennsylvania district changed more than that of any other Member in Pennsylvania, moving from a seat that leans Democratic to one that is a likely a Republican hold.
Barletta, also a GOP freshman, had some help on the inside of the mapmaking process. One of his top political aides, Luke Bernstein, serves as one of the governor's deputy chiefs of staff.
Similarly, Republicans went to incredible lengths to improve Meehan's district — changing it from a Democratic-leaning seat to a marginally GOP-leaning one. But the freshman's big coup is between the lines: The Pennsylvania GOP showed they want to protect Meehan at any cost — a sign they might be grooming him for higher office in future cycles.
The fifth-term Republican proved his mettle this cycle by serving as the point-person between lawmakers in Harrisburg and Members in Washington, D.C. Fellow Republicans lauded him for shoring up the freshman Members' districts while keeping the most senior Members happy with their new territory.
But Shuster also wins the generosity award for giving up more GOP territory than any other Republican in the delegation to help his colleagues. Sure, it's all relative for Shuster, who will go from a district that voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) with 64 percent to one that went for him with 58 percent.
Nonetheless, as a result of his redistricting efforts, he's emerged as the top Republican leader in the delegation.
• House Republicans' Pocketbook
During the past decade, House Republicans poured many millions of dollars into competitive Pennsylvania races. The National Republican Congressional Committee should be able to save a lot of cash in coming years under this redraw.
The swing seats around Philadelphia came at an especially high cost because of the city's pricey media market.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.