With republican and President-Elect, Donald Trump, proving victorious in this year’s Presidential Elections, there has not been a large change in our current United States Senate. The majority of republicans at risk of losing their spot in the senate before were able to keep their seats after all; however, outside of a new member being elected in December from Louisiana, there are six newly-elected members that are being introduced to the Senate for the 2017 new year.
- Catherine Masto (Nevada Democrat) – Masto’s win in Nevada was monumental; she has become the first woman to represent Nevada, and is the first Latina in history who has served in the Senate. She is a strong supporter for policies that protect families, and wants to fight the Citizens United decision, protect current Medicare and Social Security benefits, raise the minimum wage for Nevada, and vouch for a comprehensive immigration reform.
- Tammy Duckworth (Illinois Democrat) – Duckworth had dominated the polls against the incumbent Senator Mark Kirk, leading in double digits—to no surprise to her supporters. She is a prominent advocate for veterans—being a veteran of the Army National Guard herself—and supports legislation that will help veterans integrate back into society, including motions that improve the lives of veterans and eliminating government waste and fraud. She also wants to focus on growing the U.S. economy by supporting small businesses, and forming a stronger infrastructure.
- Kamala Harris (California Democrat) – Harris’ election for Senate marks her as the first Indian American and African American to hold a Senate chair for California. Harris’ position as California’s attorney general has made her a strong advocate on how we should structure and support our justice system, and she carries a strong stance on violent crime, felony, and conviction rate issues.
- Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire Democrat) – Hassan was able to snag a Senate seat from incumbent Kelly Ayotte by a very close margin. Hassan is a strong advocate of legislation that will help support working-class citizens and small businesses. Her main goal is to succeed with reforms that will benefit our economy.
- Chris Van Hollen (Maryland Democrat) – Van Hollen nearly lost a chance to hold a Senate seat, but ultimately solidified his position by a 10% margin against his opponent. Van Hollen advocates families and fights for strong gun control and educational and environmental reforms.
- Todd Young (Indiana Republican) – Youngtook the majority vote in Indiana to be the state’s Senate representative. Young is an advocate for small businesses, veterans, and the working class, unafraid to stand up for traditional conservative principles.