Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress
Up to six new House Members previously lost a race for governor

Rep.-elect Anthony Brown, who lost a governor’s race in Maryland two years ago, walks down the House steps for the 115th Congress freshman class group photo during the first week of orientation on Nov. 15. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51 percent to 47 percent. But the former lieutenant governor rebounded to win a competitive Democratic primary this year in Maryland’s 4th District when Rep. Donna Edwards decided to run for the Senate. Brown cruised in the general election and will be coming to Congress next year.

New Member: Democrat Anthony Brown Elected in Maryland’s 4th District
Incumbent Rep. Donna Edwards vacated seat for a Senate run

Democrat Anthony Brown won the open seat election for Maryland's 4th Congressional District against Republican challenger George McDermott. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Anthony Brown will defeat Republican George McDermott in Maryland's 4th District, The Associated Press projects.

Brown led McDermott 82 percent to 15 percent with 62 percent of precincts reporting.