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Interesting Political Hapenstance in my Home State - RonO's Ramblings — LiveJournal

Nov. 21st, 2007 08:18 am Interesting Political Hapenstance in my Home State

At the start of the next Congressional session in 2009, New Mexico will have new people for 4/5 of its representation in Washington.

Longtime Republican Senator Pete Domenici is retiring and not seeking reelection. So far both the First District Representative, Heather Wilson, and the Second District Representative, Steve Pearce, are running for the Republican Nomination so are not running for reelection to their seats. Reports are coming out that Third District Representative, Tom Udall, will seek the Democratic Nomination -- which is also being sought by Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, but not by Governor Bill Richardson who is still trying to get the Democratic nomination as President.

Thus, all three congressional districts, and the senate seat up for reelection, will be served by new people starting in early 2009.

I don't know enough electoral history to know if any state has seen this level of new representation in Washington since statehood or not. Of course this can only happen to the smaller states, since there is no way a state with a large number of House Seats could possibly have every representative run for a vacant Senate seat or other office.

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Date:November 21st, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
My suspicion is that this happened to a lot of states around 1865 or thereabouts...
Date:November 21st, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it did. Of course that would almost be considered the same as at statehood for most of those states, since they were being readmitted.

(I cannot quite put into words my observation about the fact that the states were readmitted after a war was fought over the idea that they shouldn't have been allowed to leave in the first place)

Edited at 2007-11-21 04:52 pm (UTC)