What To Expect With The Shift Of Power In The U.S. House Of Representatives

Larry Richert and John Shumway
November 07, 2018 - 10:47 am
House of Representatives in Washington D.C.


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - One of the most anticipated Midterm Elections of all time has come to a close.  

The GOP will remain in control of the Senate, however the Democrats are now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jon Delano, KDKA-TV Money and Politics Editor, joined the KDKA Radio Morning News on Wednesday to discuss the change of power in the house.

How many democrats were elected yesterday?


“We think somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 democrats were elected. They needed 23 to switch,” Delano said.  

“That means The U.S. House will be a check and balance on the President going forward. There will probably be investigations. They have a huge agenda of items they want to pass.”

Are we going have gridlock from Capitol Hill because of the change of power in the house?

“Democrats will say we’ve had gridlock for the last two years. The Republican Congress didn’t do anything other than approving judges in the Senate. The house itself didn’t do much,” Delano explains.

“What the Democrats are pledging is to move forward on a number of programs; including things the President wants, which is infrastructure, for example. There will be some room to compromise.”

What changes for Pennsylvania?

“This was a state with 18 members of Congress. All 18 were males. 12 of the 18 were Republican. That changes come January. The Democrats and Republicans split the state 9-9, Democrats picked up three seats,” Delano added.  

“For the first time in Pennsylvania history, four Democratic women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

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