Special Election

House Republicans Entrust Majority to Rogers at NRCC
New York native begins fourth cycle at committee, but first as executive director

John Rogers was part of the National Republican Congressional Committee team that limited the party’s losses in the House to a net of just six seats in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Rogers was born in Amsterdam, New York, a small-town about a half-hour west of Albany, but Republican friends know him best for once identifying an unlikely takeover opportunity three hours south in New York City.

Texas’ Sam Johnson Won’t Seek 14th Term
Congressman’s retirement opens up safe GOP seat

South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem greets Texas Rep. Sam Johnson during a ceremony in the House Ways and Committee hearing room last November to dedicate a room in the Rayburn building in Johnson’s name. Johnson announced Friday that he won’t run for re-election in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Republican Rep. Sam Johnson won’t seek a 14th term in Congress, he announced Friday morning. 

“For me, the Lord has made clear that the season of my life in Congress is coming to an end,” the 3rd District congressman said in a statement.

Democrat Wastes No Time Announcing for 2017 Washington Special Election
But Trump team yet to confirm McMorris Rodgers’ selection as Interior secretary

A Democrat has already announced his candidacy for a special election in Washington’s 5th District, but President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t yet nominated House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to a position in his Cabinet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated Dec. 12 | As of Friday afternoon, President-elect Donald Trump had not officially announced Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his pick for secretary of the Interior. 

But that didn’t stop Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, a Democrat, from congratulating McMorris Rodgers “on her appointment” and announcing his bid for a special election to replace the six-term congresswoman in Washington’s 5th District.  

Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

California Rep. Darrell Issa will face another challenge from Doug Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

Rep. Becerra Named California Attorney General
Highest-ranking Latino in Congress is a player on taxes, immigration

Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., speaks after a September House Democratic caucus meeting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said Thursday he was stunned to be tapped by California Gov. Jerry Brown for state attorney general, succeeding Sen.-elect Kamala Harris.

“I was not expecting to make this call neither today and certainly not a week ago but I’m glad I’m making it,” Becerra said in a conference call with reporters.

Special Election to Replace Price Could Present Opportunity for Georgia Democrats
Donald Trump only carried Tom Price’s 6th District by 1 point

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, seen here during her 2014 Senate campaign, is considering running for Rep. Tom Price’s seat if he’s confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An opening in a safe Republican Georgia congressional seat wouldn’t normally have Democrats excited.

But President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to tap 6th District Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services secretary will trigger a special election in a district that Trump carried by just 1 point. 

Republican Gender Gap Could Grow in the House
Ideology, not gender, is often driving factor in open primaries

Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri, right, and Jackie Walorski of Indiana could both run for higher office in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans will be down one woman next year. And with administration picks forthcoming and a handful of female members weighing runs for other offices, the party’s gender gap could grow. 

With their largest majority in more than 80 years, Republicans were mostly on defense in 2016. 

Who’s Lining Up for Sessions’ Seat?
Three Alabama congressmen say they’re in the running

Rep. Mo Brooks is among three congressmen in the running to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three members of Congress are among those hoping to be nominated to replace Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general.

Reps. Mo Brooks, Michael D. Rogers and Robert Aderholt all said they would serve if appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley and will run in a special election, likely in 2018, to fill the seat. State Sens. Del Marsh and Arthur Orr also want to be considered for the appointment and will run in the special election, AL.com reported.

Sessions’ Nomination Sets Off Political Jockeying for Alabama Senate Seat
Governor was scheduled to meet with congressional delegation Friday

Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt had already asked his state’s governor to appoint him to a possible vacant Senate seat, should Sen. Jeff Sessions accept a Cabinet position. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general has the Yellowhammer State’s politicians eyeing their next moves. 

Sessions’ selection wasn’t unexpected. As one of Trump’s earliest and most vocal defenders on Capitol Hill, he had long been mentioned as a top pick for various Cabinet positions. That speculation set off plenty of angling among the state’s GOP politicos before Friday’s announcement. 

Trump Picks Pompeo for CIA Director
Selection triggers first House special election of new cycle

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo was among members of the Select Committee on Benghazi who blasted Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated as of 2:27 p.m.

The special election that will determine who takes Rep. Mike Pompeo’s seat will be trigger when the Kansas Republican officially resigns after he was selected on Friday by President-elect Donald Trump to head the CIA.