Friday, October 17, 2014
Why Voting is Important
In the 2010 Midterm Elections, the Republican Party gained 63 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 6 seats in the U.S. Senate from the Democratic Party. Republicans also gained 6 governorships, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. Republicans gained 680 seats in state legislatures, the most in the modern era. Republicans gained the most House seats since the 1938 Midterm Elections, giving Republicans their biggest House majority, and Democrats their smallest minority, since 1946. When blue dog Democrats are added to the Republicans on certain issues like gun control or marriage, the Republican majority is even greater than in 1946. John Boehner (R-Ohio), become Speaker of the House in the 112th Congress, exchanging places with Nancy Pelosi (D-California).