Colleen Hanabusa

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa returns to the House seat she vacated in 2014 to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

Hawaii's Colleen Hanabusa Poised to Reclaim Her Old Seat
Former congresswoman was Mark Takai's pick to replace him

Former Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, won the Democratic primary over the weekend for the seat vacated by the late Rep. Mark Takai. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Colleen Hanabusa wasn't supposed to return to Congress next year. 

But the death of 1st District Rep. Mark Takai in July left an opening in the Hawaii delegation that she effectively won Saturday night with a landslide victory in the seven-way Democratic primary.