• Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate are on recess for the elections. They are presently expected to return November 15, 2010.
  • Three Democratic members of the House Commerce Committee lost their seats in the midterm elections, with one additional seat hanging by a mere 548 votes. The results:
    • Rick Boucher, D-Va., Chair of the House Communications Subcommittee, lost to H. Morgan Griffith (R) in Virginia’s 9th District
    • Baron Hill, D-Ind., lost his seat to Todd Young (R) in Indiana’s 9th District
    • Zack Space, D-Ohio, lost to Bob Gibbs (R) in Ohio’s 18th District
    • Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., holds a 548-vote lead in California’s 11th District over David Harmer (R). Absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted. Some reports indicate that the race will not be decided until the end of November.
    • The Committee was already down one Democratic member when Charlie Melancon, D-La., left the House to run for Senate. He was defeated by David Vitter (R), and his seat has gone to Jeff Landry (R).
  • Five members of the House Commerce Committee are expected to retire at the end of their terms: Bart Gordon, D-Tenn.; Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; John Shadegg, D-Ariz.; Steve Buyer, R-Ind.; and George Radanovich, D-Calif.