Election Results: Republicans Take Control of Senate, Gain Seats in House

The recent mid-term election saw the Republican Party take eight seats in the U.S. Senate and 12 seats in the U.S. House. Although a handful of races are still too close to call or headed to a runoff election, when the 114th Congress convenes in 2015, Republicans are guaranteed to have a majority in the both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006.

According to an analysis by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), seven U.S. Senators and 32 U.S. Representatives who were members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus in this Congress will not return in the 114th Congress. 22 Caucus members retired, 15 lost congressional election bids, and 2 ran for non-congressional offices. All of the current co-chairs of the Caucus who were running for re-election were successful in their bids. At this point it appears that approximately 220 current members of the Caucus will return to Congress next year.

“On behalf of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), I’d like to congratulate everyone who was elected to serve in the 114th Congress,” said NVFC Chairman Philp C. Stittleburg. “I’d also like to thank members who have supported the volunteer emergency services through the years who will not be returning. The NVFC will continue to work with the President and Congress to advocate for policies and legislation that are critical to the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue community.”

Click here to view the NVFC’s Legislative Priorities. The NVFC Legislative Committee will be reviewing and, if necessary, updating the priorities list prior to the 114th Congress convening.