For some who lost their House reelection bids in 2010, the past year has been a chance to return to their previous professions. For others, losing has been an opportunity to start a new career.
However, a small group of those former lawmakers, including the ones pictured below, are seeking to return to Capitol Hill.
Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., lost to Paul Gosar after serving one House term. A resident of Flagstaff, Kirkpatrick is seeking a rematch with Gosar next year (pictured in 2008).(AP Photo/Dana Felthauser)
Former Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, (pictured in 2008) lost to Republican Joe Heck after one term in the House. Titus announced in July that she will run next year for the seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is seeking a Senate seat. When she became a candidate, Titus resigned from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to which she had been appointed last December (pictured in 2010).(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Former Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., pumps up the crowd as Rep. Corrine Brown D-Fla., left, and Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla. listen at a Florida Democratic Party rally just a few days before the 2010 election. Grayson, who lost his re-election bid plans to run in 2012 to represent a new Orlando-area district.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Republican Charles Djou lost to Colleen Hanabusa after serving less than a year in the House. (He won a special election in May 2010 to replace former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie, who became Hawaii's governor.) Djou is seeking a rematch with Hanabusa next year, but first he is finishing a stint with the Army Reserve in Afghanistan (pictured in 2010).(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., (right) lost to Adam Kinzinger after having served one House term. Earlier this year, she started writing a book about her life in public office (she was previously in the Illinois Senate), but put it on the back burner to make another bid for Congress next year. Halvorson will take on Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., in the March primary (pictured in 2010).(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Former Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., lost to Ann Marie Buerkle after one House term. He is a senior adviser in the Washington office of the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips law firm. He announced in August that he will make a bid for his old seat in 2012 (pictured in 2010).(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
Former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio, lost to Steve Stivers after one term in the House. Kilroy is considering a run for a vacant seat in the Columbus area's solidly Democratic 3rd District (pictured in 2010)).(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas, lost to Francisco (Quico) Canseco after six nonconsecutive terms in the House. Rodriguez has spent some time in Spain this year leading a trade mission focused on information technology. He has already filed to make a return bid for Congress in 2012 (pictured in 2008).(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., lost to Frank Guinta after two terms in the House. She is seeking a rematch with Guinta next year, but she has competition in the Democratic primary (pictured in 2010).(AP Photo/Jim Cole)