How The 113th Congress Senate Freshman Class COULD Look


I put the word “could” in all caps because it is the key word of the title. If the 113th Congress looks like this, then it means that the GOP has a filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate. After seeing the vote in the Senate today, where the 16 Democrats running for reelection in 2012 voted to raise the cost of gas at the pump, I have more optimism. I now think that only 8 of these 16 Democrat incumbents can manage to hold onto their seat in 2012. When I add an independent from Maine, and a former House member from Connecticut, the Democrats end up with only 40 seats. The Republicans hold nine out of 10 seats and they pick up 14 additional seats for a grand total of 60 seats. This, of course,  is a very optimistic outlook before a lot of primaries have taken place, and the general election results may turn out to be less rosy.  Still, I have some good feelings today about what those results might be.

This would be as joyous an occasion as a traditional wedding. You’ve heard the expression …

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue

Here is a look of how the 113th Congress Senate Freshman Class could turn out with that phrase in mind.

Something old


George Allen (VA)                 Tommy Thompson (WI)


Something new



Wil Cardon (AZ)    Josh Mandel (OH)            Sarah Steelman (MO)



Linda Lingle (HI)                     Steve Welch (PA)             Ted Cruz (TX)



John Raese (WV)                          Don Stenberg (NE)               Dan Severson (MN)


Something borrowed



Connie Mack IV (FL)          Pete Hoekstra (MI)                               Dennis Rehberg (MT)



Heather Wilson (NM)                   Rick Berg (ND)


Something blue



Chris Murphy (CT)         Angus King (ME)

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March 30, 2012 12:18 pm

I loved how you laid this all out, Pilgrim. Very clever. And thank you for all your research on this.

March 30, 2012 12:45 pm

The exact composition may vary,but what is important is, assuming they do have a bulletproof majority, they come to the next term with an understanding that it can’t be the “stentorian Senate” as usual – they have real work to do in dismantling the bureaucracy.
Thanks, Pilgrim. These fresh faces here look promising.

March 30, 2012 4:58 pm

The real question is not will the GOP control the Senate (I think that unless Mitt Romney becomes our Presidential nominee and totally depresses conservative turnout, at the very *least* we’ll pick up the 4 seats we need to take the majority), the question is, will they re-elect the feckless, linguini-spined Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader. If they do, it won’t matter.