Members of Congress who take leading positions on federal employee issues—either through committee assignments, high concentrations of federal employees in their jurisdictions, or both—all won re-election, although some changes in committee assignments are possible due to the reshuffling that follows an election.
On the House side, the chairs of the Oversight and Reform Committee and its government operations subcommittees, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va., will return, as will all members from the national capital area, all of them Democrats. That includes Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House majority leader.
Also returning are the ranking Republicans on the full committee and the government operations subcommittee, Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Jody Hice of Georgia. Also notable is the return to Congress after a brief retirement of Rep. Darrell Issa of California, a former chair of the oversight committee.
In the Senate, the chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., was not up for re-election but ranking Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan was, and he will return. However, if Republicans retain control of the Senate—an outcome still undecided—Johnson would have to be replaced due to term limits. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is next in line by seniority.
Also notable was the win for Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who currently is not on that committee but in the past was both chair and ranking minority member at times and has remained involved with federal employee issues, often playing a moderating role between the parties.
Of the senators from Virginia and Maryland, only Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., was up for re-election and he won.