Profile of the 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Advocacy News
November 29, 2018
By Mark Riso, Vice President of Legislative Affairs

With continued Republican control of the Senate – and new Democratic control of the House for the 116th Congress,  PHCC continues to monitor the profile of the 116th Congress as it pertains to House and Senate leadership – and committee chairmanships.  The Democratic Caucus nominated Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as speaker, and a vote will occur to confirm the nomination once the new Congress (House) goes into session in early January 2019.  For now though, the House and Senate have completed their elections for leadership for the upcoming 116th Congress.

In the Senate (53 Republicans-47 Democrats) –

  • Majority Leader – Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Minority Leader – Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • In the House (234 Democrats-200 Republicans) –
  • Majority Leader – Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Minority Leader – Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

116th Congress Stats –

  • Average age of the 116th Congress is 49
  • 63 new members are Democrats (60 House, 3 Senate)
  • 37 new members are Republicans (31 House, 6 Senate)
  • 40 new members are women (36 House, 4 Senate)
  • 60 new members are men (55 House, 4 Senate)

Because the House will be controlled by the Democrats, there will be new chairpersons for each committee.  Typically, PHCC engages with the House Committee on Small Business and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Rep. Lydia Vasquez (D-NY) will take over the chair for Small Business, and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) will take over the Chair for Energy and Commerce.  PHCC, though, will look to expand its advocacy attention to focus on the House Appropriations Committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).  PHCC works with other allied organizations on water infrastructure bills, and will spend time with House appropriators to advocate for increased funding for federal loan programs for water system funding

Vice President of Legislative Affairs
, PHCC-National Association
Mark Riso is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for PHCC—National Association. He combines more than three decades of experience in politics with the grassroots efforts of PHCC chapters to represent the p-h-c industry on Capitol Hill.

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