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November 8th Election Outcomes and What It Could Mean for Louisiana Nonprofits

November 17, 2022 5:06 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

The results of the November 8th mid-term elections moved some Louisiana congressional members up the leadership ladder. First District Congressman Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish has been elected as Majority Leader in the 118th Congress, which will be controlled by Republicans starting in 2023. As House Majority Leader, Congressman Scalise is the lead speaker for the majority party during floor debates, develops the calendar, and will assist the speaker with program development, policy formation and policy decisions. Scalise will gather and count votes to support initiatives that not only he but the party considers a priority. The last Majority Leader from Louisiana was Hale Boggs from 1971-1973. A list of roles and responsibilities of selected leadership positions can be found here.

In addition to Congressman Steve Scalise serving as House Majority Leader in D.C. next year, Congressman Mike Johnson will keep his current position as vice-chair of the Republican caucus. Congressmen Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Julia Letlow, and Troy Carter are also expected to advance in their committee assignments. Lastly, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) is now in line to become the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The formal process to seat the next ranking member will take place in the new Congress.

What does all of this mean for Louisiana? It gives Louisiana more of a voice on steering committees and committee chair appointments and possibly brings Louisiana more federal projects and funding. If you don’t have relationships with your congressional members or the

Louisiana and D.C. staff, now is the time to call to schedule a meeting with your members and/or their staff to discuss your organizations’ major challenges and how they can help. Last votes for 2022 will be held on December 15, then members are off for the holidays.

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