John Fleming

Freshmen Backed by Freedom Caucus Aren’t Committing to Joining
Caucus leaders expect some non-freshmen to help replenish their ranks

The political arm of the House Freedom Caucus backed Indiana Republican Jim Banks, but he has not yet decided to join the caucus if invited. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus is currently down seven members from the 114th Congress — and possibly two more.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is awaiting confirmation as President-elect Donald Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Louisiana Runoffs Increase Republican Majorities in Senate and House
State Treasurer John Kennedy easily outpaces Democratic challenger

Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy won Louisiana’s Senate runoff on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans increased their Senate majority to 52 seats in the 115th Congress and also retained two House seats after Saturday’s Louisiana runoffs, the final elections of 2016. 

GOP state Treasurer John Kennedy easily outdistanced his Democratic opponent, Public Services Commissioner Foster Campbell, 61 percent to 39 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. He replaces Republican Sen. David Vitter, who is retiring after two terms.

‘Cajun John Wayne’ Tells Ex Congressional Pay Will Help With Child Support
House hopeful Clay Higgins taped discussing the more than $100,000 he owes

Clay Higgins, who made his name with a series of viral Crime Stoppers videos, is in a runoff for Louisiana's open 3rd District seat. (Screengrab)

Clay Higgins, better known by his Internet moniker Cajun John Wayne, was taped telling his ex-wife getting elected to Congress would help pay back thousands of dollars in child support.

Higgins is one of two Republicans in the runoff race to fill retiring Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.'s congressional seat.

Kennedy Likely Bet in Louisiana Senate Runoff
But cash flows for Democrat Campbell as Saturday vote nears

Louisiana Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy greets a guest at his election night party in Baton Rouge on Nov. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Though increased national attention and a late cash influx has buoyed Foster Campbell’s bid for Louisiana's open Senate seat, experts say Republican rival John Kennedy has the race all but locked up.

Campbell, a longtime Public Service Commissioner and self-proclaimed "pro-gun, pro-life" Democrat," will face off against State Treasurer John Kennedy in a Saturday runoff election.

House Freedom Caucus Elects Board Members, Meadows to Run for Chairman
Brat, Hice and Perry replace Garrett, Fleming and Salmon on board

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, left, is running for House Freedom Caucus chairman since Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan has decided not to seek another term atop the conservative caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Freedom Caucus elected three new board members Tuesday night, as North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows announced he plans to run for caucus chairman. 

Current caucus head, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who has led the conservative group since it’s inception in early 2015, told Roll Call he does not plan to seek another term as chairman. 

GOP's Kennedy, Democrat Campbell Emerge from the Louisiana Senate Jungle
Jungle primary determines matchup for December Senate runoff

Foster Campbell, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, greets a guest after announcing he advanced to a runoff election during an election night party at the Capital Hilton in Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 8, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Guns N’ Roses might say, “Welcome to the jungle.”

A pair of Senate candidates have emerged from the Louisiana jungle primary, The Associated Press projects, with Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy being joined in a Dec. 10 runoff by Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

Democrat and Republican Advance to Runoff in Louisiana’s 4th District
Fleming vacated his seat to run for Senate.

Louisiana Rep. John Fleming vacated his House seat to run for the Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Democrat and a Republican will advance to a December runoff election to decide who will succeed GOP Rep. John Fleming in Louisiana’s 4th District.

Democrat Marshall Jones and Republican Mike Johnson will face off on Dec. 10, the Associated Press projects. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones led Johnson 27 percent to 25 percent. As neither candidate was able to garner more than 50 percent of the vote, they are headed for a runoff.

7 Races That Could Affect Health Policy
Watch out for 4 Senate and 3 House races

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is locked in a tight re-election battle against Democrat Jason Kander. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 2016 election will have a dramatic impact on health policy. The future of the Obama administration’s signature health care law is at stake in the presidential race. Senate races across the country could deliver control of the upper chamber to a new party with an ambitious health policy agenda — or keep it in Republican hands for looming debates over drug pricing, children’s health insurance and the review process for new treatments at the Food and Drug Administration.

There are also a handful of individual House and Senate races that will impact the health care conversation on Capitol Hill. Below, we round up seven races that stand to impact the industry.

House Members Have Mixed Record on Higher Office
Thirteen House members and the delegate from Puerto Rico made bids for bigger things

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., had more than a 10-point lead over incumbent Mark Kirk in a race considered key to the Democrats' bid to gain control of the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thirteen House members — and one non-voting delegate from Puerto Rico — gave up their posts to run for statewide office this year, with varying success.

Three of those races, the Maryland, Indiana and Louisiana Senate campaigns, pitted colleagues in the House against each other. While the majority were vying for Senate seats, Democrats John Carney, of Delaware and Pedro Pierluisi, or Puerto Rico, made bids for governor. Here is a round-up of their positions as polls opened on Tuesday.

David Duke Explodes During Louisiana Senate Debate
White supremacist candidate calls for Hillary Clinton’s execution

During a debate on Wednesday, Louisiana Senate candidate David Duke called for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to be executed. (DavidDuke.com)

Despite having no chance of winning the Louisiana Senate race, David Duke was the main focus of the debate held at Dillard University in New Orleans on Wednesday.

Many students at the historically black university protested outside the auditorium, which was empty during the debate except for a small number of guests of each candidate, The Times-Picayune reported. Police outside the event used pepper spray on some protesters.