House News & Analysis

Let’s Talk About How We Talk About House Retirements

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 11, 2021 · 10:00 AM EDT

Welcome to a redistricting cycle, where the routine is more complicated. 

Typically, members announce they aren’t seeking reelection, political journalists produce long lists of people mentioned as contenders for the open seat and the race begins. In a redistricting cycle, however, it’s not clear what the district will look like…

Report Shorts (April 1, 2021)

April 1, 2021 · 2:26 PM EDT

Louisiana’s 2nd District
State Sens. Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson, both New Orleans Democrats, advanced to the runoff as expected — but the margins were notable. Carter Peterson, the former chairwoman of the state party and a DNC vice chair, barely beat out Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers…

Candidate Conversation: Sery Kim (R)

April 1, 2021 · 2:25 PM EDT

Texas’ 6th District Special -- Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: March 12, 2021 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: April 26, 1978; Seoul, South Korea

Education: Univ. of North Texas (1998); Univ. of Texas, Austin (J.D., 2001) 

Elected Office: None; First run for office.

Current Outlook: Kim is one of 23…

Three Lessons from the Ghost of Redistricting Past

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 1, 2021 · 9:38 AM EDT

While most of the recent redistricting coverage has focused on delayed census data, partisan control of the mapmaking and the inevitable legal fights, that only captures part of the chaos and complexities ahead this cycle. 

Even after the lines are drawn, candidates and campaigns still matter. Some members are going…

Texas 6 Special: Two-Step Process

by Jacob Rubashkin March 19, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

A special election to replace the only member of Congress who died after contracting covid-19 could be the first substantive look at the Biden-era political landscape.

Arlington Republican Rep. Ron Wright, who had won a second term last November, died on February 7 just two weeks after being hospitalized with…

Breaking Down the Redistricting Process

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 19, 2021 · 2:29 PM EDT

Ten years is long enough to forget how crazy redistricting cycles can be. 

There’s the normal uncertainty of new congressional lines and renumbered districts. Add in a narrowly divided House of Representatives, frayed nerves from the 2020 election and subsequent invasion of the Capitol, and data delays from the U.S.…

Candidate Conversation - Jana Lynne Sanchez (D)

March 19, 2021 · 2:27 PM EDT

Texas’ 6th District Special -- Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: March 11, 2021 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: July 2, 1964; Fresno, Calif.

Education: Rice Univ. (1986)

Elected Office: None; 2018 6th District nominee

Current Outlook: On paper, at least, the special election to succeed the late Rep. Ron Wright, who…

Six Senators Who Owe Their Hill Careers to Redistricting

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 19, 2021 · 9:00 AM EDT

While redistricting can be a curse for some politicians by forcing them into uncomfortable and even unwinnable situations, new congressional lines can be launching pads for other candidates, with repercussions beyond the House. 

At least six U.S. senators can credit their initial arrival on Capitol Hill to redistricting. Each of…

New Poll in Texas Special Election Shows Early Leaders, Lots of Vote Up For Grabs

by Jacob Rubashkin March 18, 2021 · 1:20 PM EDT

With less than two months to go, nearly half of voters have not chosen a candidate in the upcoming special election in Texas’ 6th District, according to new polling obtained by Inside Elections.

The March 9-12 survey by Victoria Research for Jana Lynne Sanchez, a Democrat running for the seat,…

Rhode Island At-Large: The Election Democrats Don’t Want to Happen

by Jacob Rubashkin March 5, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

The last time Rhode Island had just one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, there were 15 states in the Union, George Washington was president, and the hottest track in America was Handel’s “Messiah.” The year was 1792.

For the next 230 years, the Ocean State had two (and…