2008 Federal Election Outcomes

Last Updated: November 06, 2008

This article appeared in the November 2008 Rural Policy Matters.

The makeup of Congressional committees with a key role in education policy will likely change as a result of the election. But not dramatically.

In the Senate, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will see two changes. Republican Wayne Allard (Colorado) retired, and Democrat Barack Obama is leaving for the White House. On the powerful Appropriations Committee, all Democrats and most Republicans on the subcommittee on Labor, Health Services, Education, and Related Agencies were either not up for re-election or won easily. But Republican Larry Craig (Idaho) did not seek re-election and Senator Ted Stevens (Alaska) narrowly lost in his re-election bid.

In the House, all Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee were re-elected. Most Republicans were as well, except Ric Keller (IL-13), John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr., (NY-29), and Timothy Walberg (MI-07) who were defeated. Keller and Kuhl served on the subcommittee that handles early childhood education and No Child Left Behind, and Keller was Ranking Member (highest ranking in the minority party) of the subcommittee that handles higher education issues. Both Kuhl and Walberg also served on that subcommittee.

The House Appropriations subcommittee that handles education funding will see a few changes. Democrat Tom Udall (NM) resigned to run (successfully) for the U.S. Senate. Republicans Dave Weldon (FL), John Peterson (PA), and Ralph Regula (OH) did not seek re-election.

Read more from the November 2008 Rural Policy Matters.