The Progressive Caucus will remain the largest ideological bloc among House Democrats, and co-chairman Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., touted the group’s gains in a post for the liberal blog Daily Kos.
“You helped send a great team to make the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) bigger, stronger and even more diverse for the next two years,” Grijalva wrote.
One complicating factor in assessing the new members for the CPC and other ideological caucuses is that some are being claimed as new recruits by multiple groups.
For example, both the New Democrats and the CPC are counting Patrick Murphy from Florida as one of their own. Murphy declared victory against Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., but West has not yet conceded. The race is one of only a handful that has not yet been called.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say this race was a little personal for [Progressive Action PAC], considering Rep. West called the Progressive Caucus a bunch of communists,” Grijalva wrote in his Daily Kos post.
While the Progressive Caucus is the largest ideological bloc among House Democrats, it doesn’t come close to having the sway the conservative Republican Study Committee has in the Republican Conference.
The RSC had more than 160 members in the 112th Congress, about 70 percent of the GOP conference.
Only House members, not senators, were included in counts for each caucus.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.