The US Senate
Today, incumbent Senator George Allen (R-VA) conceded to his Democratic opponent, Jim Webb, who won a surprising electoral victory by a razor-thin margin.
The Senate of the 110th Congress will be comprised of 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and 2 Independents, both who plan to caucus with the Democrats. Thus, the Democrats will possess a 51-49 majority in the US Senate.
In the present, 109th Congress, Republicans are the majority party with 55 seats to 44 held by Democrats and one by an Independent who caucuses with Democrats.The six incumbent Republican senators who were defeated, and the six Democrats who prevailed against them, are:
* From Virginia: Sen. George Allen will be replaced by Jim Webb, former Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan
* From Montana: Sen. Conrad Burns will be replaced by Jon Tester, President of the Montana Senate
* From Rhode Island: Sen. Lincoln Chafee will be replaced by Sheldon Whitehouse, former Attorney General of Rhode Island
* From Ohio: Sen. Mike DeWine will be replaced by seven-term Congressman Sherrod Brown
* From Pennsylvania: Sen. Rick Santorum will be replaced by Bob Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania State Treasurer
* From Missouri: Sen. Jim Talent will be replaced by Claire McCaskill, State Auditor of Missouri
Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who was defeated in his state's Democratic primary, won that senatorial race as an Independent, and will now be one of the two Independents who caucus with the Democrats.
The US House of Representatives
Although a few election recounts continue, MSNBC projects that the House in the 110th Congress will be comprised of 234 Democrats and 201 Republicans, a solid Democratic majority.
The current House consists of 233 Republicans, 201 Democrats and 1 Independent. Thus, Democrats gained 33 seats in the House of Representatives.
And with Democratic victory comes a new Speaker of the House, who will be nine-term Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. Rep. Pelosi will be the first woman to ascend to Speaker of the House, and will become the most powerful woman in US history and second in line to the Presidency after the Vice President.
Today, the Democrats celebrate. Tomorrow, the hard (and unfamiliar) work of being a majority party begins.
Tomorrow, I'll write about the legislative goals of Democratic Party in the new Congress.
Profile of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Next Speaker of the House
Concession in Virginia Race Tips Balance, New York Times on November 9, 2006