House Democrats Consider Nov. 18 for Leadership Elections

Posted October 23, 2010 at 1:24pm

House Democratic leaders are eyeing Nov. 18 as a possible date for leadership elections.

Democratic sources expect the Caucus to meet sometime that week to elect its leadership for the 112th Congress, in part because any newly elected Democrats — who would be eligible to vote in leadership races — would be in town that week for new Member orientation.

House Administration spokesman Kyle Anderson confirmed Saturday that new Member orientation would run Nov. 14-20.

Although the date of leadership elections could hinge on whether Democrats retain a majority on Nov. 2, one Democratic source named Nov. 18 as a possible date, while another suggested the leadership elections might happen Nov. 17.

Congress is slated to return Nov. 15 for a post-election lame-duck session.

The Democratic Caucus votes on five posts: a candidate for Speaker, Majority/Minority Leader, Majority/Minority Whip, Caucus chairman and Caucus vice chairman.

No members of the current leadership team have indicated plans to leave their posts.