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Rep. Mike Rogers, R-MI,  the recently named Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the House, sits down for an interview with Chris Stohm in his office on Monday, January 24, 2011.
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Scott Bland
March 28, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

With Rep. Mike Ro­gers‘s (R-MI) Fri­day re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment, his state’s House del­eg­a­tion con­tin­ues to bleed seni­or­ity: By next year, there will be at most 6 of 14 Michig­anders with more than two terms of House ex­per­i­ence. It’s one of many states feel­ing a re­cent loss of con­gres­sion­al clout.

— Cali­for­nia’s losses have been the most dra­mat­ic. Three Golden State com­mit­tee chairs or rank­ing mem­bers (Demo­crats Henry Wax­man and George Miller and Re­pub­lic­an Buck McK­eon) are re­tir­ing at the end of the year. In 2012, the state lost an­oth­er 4 com­mit­tee chairs and rank­ing mem­bers. That’s at least 7 in two years; 27 states have en­tire del­eg­a­tions smal­ler than that. Over­all, in that time, 21 Cali­for­nia House mem­bers total­ing over 200 terms of ser­vice have re­tired or been de­feated.

— Of course, Cali­for­nia also has a large cast of play­ers re­main­ing, in­clud­ing Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy, and Demo­crat­ic Caucus chair Xavi­er Be­cerra. Com­pare that to the whole­sale turnover in Arkan­sas where, if Rep. Tom Cot­ton (R) beats Sen. Mark Pry­or (D), all of the state’s six mem­bers (4 House, 2 Sen­ate) will have been elec­ted since 2010.

— Like Arkan­sas, West Vir­gin­ia is an­oth­er state in trans­ition away from Demo­crats that’s close to ba­sic­ally start­ing over on con­gres­sion­al seni­or­ity, es­pe­cially if Rep. Nick Ra­hall‘s (D) tough race in WV-03 ends in a loss. Mean­while, Hawaii went from 72 years of com­bined Sen­ate seni­or­ity in 2012 to zero in 2013 and has one first-term and one second-term House mem­ber.

Some states are feel­ing it more than oth­ers, but this trend is wide­spread. At this point, nearly 40% of the House and one-third of the Sen­ate was elec­ted in 2010 or later. With re­tire­ments, the House num­ber will climb to at least 45% in 2014 — and that’s be­fore factor­ing in primary and gen­er­al elec­tion losses. This is an era of ma­jor change in Con­gress.
— Scott Bland

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