Preliminary Post-2014 Midterm Election Analysis

The 2014 midterm election results in the Senate, House of Representatives and Gubernatorial races and preliminary thinking on what comes next.

Strategic Communications

November 5, 2014

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Republicans – in what is being cast as a “wave” election -- swept most of the close contests on November 4, giving them a firmer grip on the House of Representatives and control of the Senate for the first time since 2007. Further, Republicans won several gubernatorial races, including traditional blue states like Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts.

House and Senate Leadership
The expected House and Senate leadership is as follows:

  • House Speaker: John Boehner
  • House Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy
  • House Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Majority Leader: Mitch McConnell
  • Senate Minority Leader: Harry Reid

Further, the 114th Congress will shepherd in all new Chairmanships in the Senate, some of which will have significant impacts on policies, such as Senator Shelby's expected assumption of the Chairmanship of the Banking Committee and his battles over Fed policies and objections to the Janet Yellen tenure so far and Senator Hatch’s ascension to the Chairmanship of the Finance Committee. Hatch has been a tireless advocate of tax reform and a champion free trade and other initiatives to reform the Affordable Care Act.

Read the report for further preliminary predictions on what comes next.

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