Midterm elections on Tuesday that shifted the balance of power to Republicans in the House claimed a key victim with the electoral defeat of Rick Boucher (D-VA), the chairman of the House Communications, Technology & Internet Subcommittee and 14- term veteran of Capitol Hill. Boucher, a staunch advocate of universal service (USF) reform and an ardent supporter of net neutrality, lost his seat as part of a Republican landslide that gave the GOP at least 60 additional House seats and control of that chamber. (Although the Republicans gained six seats in the Senate, the Democrats retained control of that body.) Two other Democrats on the House communications subcommittee—Reps. Zack Space of Ohio and Baron Hill of Indiana—met the same fate as Boucher. A fourth subcommittee member, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), remains locked in an electoral battle that is too close to call. Reacting to the news, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps praised Boucher as “an extraordinary public servant and a great leader across the whole gamut of telecommunications issues.” Representative Lee Terry (R-NB), a co-sponsor of universal service reform legislation with Boucher in each of the last three Congressional sessions, praised his colleague’s efforts on USF reform, observing: “the USF bill would not be what it is today without the help of Rick Boucher.” Meanwhile, ranking House Energy & Commerce Committee member Joe Barton (R-TX)—one of several possible Republican candidates for the committee’s chair—laid out his plans if he returned to that position, declaring that “one of my first actions . . . will be to require the Obama Administration Federal Communications Commission to explain why it thinks the Internet needs federal government regulation for the first time.”