Where Are They Now, 2016 Edition

A look at what some of the unsuccessful candidates from last cycle are now doing.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty waves as she arrives to give her concession speech after losing to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Philadelphia.
AP Photo/Mel Evans
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Kyle Trygstad
May 16, 2017, 8:45 a.m.

Every elec­tion cycle brings a new wave of con­gres­sion­al con­tenders, but the odds of suc­cess are re­mark­ably low. With 97 per­cent of in­cum­bents win­ning reelec­tion last year, there are plenty of former con­gres­sion­al wan­nabes mov­ing on with their lives.

We covered on Monday some of next year’s po­ten­tial re­matches, as the Demo­crats who lost in 2016 see a far more fa­vor­able en­vir­on­ment in the midterm un­der Pres­id­ent Trump. But many oth­ers are headed for a new ad­ven­ture.

Kath­leen Mat­thews (MD-08) and Mor­gan Car­roll (CO-06) were elec­ted in the last couple of months to chair their re­spect­ive state Demo­crat­ic parties, while Demo­crat An­nette Tad­deo (FL-26) re­cently an­nounced for a com­pet­it­ive state Sen­ate spe­cial elec­tion in Septem­ber and Re­pub­lic­an Jack Mar­tins (NY-03) is run­ning this fall for Nas­sau County ex­ec­ut­ive.

Katie Mc­Ginty (PA-SEN), who lost an ex­pens­ive and high-pro­file chal­lenge to Re­pub­lic­an Pat Toomey, joined life-sci­ences ven­ture firm Mi­li­tia Hill Ven­tures as a part­ner in April.

And as of this month, a couple of Demo­crats are part of state ad­min­is­tra­tions. Colleen Dea­con (NY-24) was ap­poin­ted cent­ral re­gion­al dir­ect­or by Gov. An­drew Cuomo, and Steve Santar­siero (PA-08) was ap­poin­ted a chief deputy at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

Kyle Tryg­stad


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