See the complete list of Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee so you can vote them out in November.
First, a recap. On Monday, March 12, 2018, the 13 majority members of the House Intelligence Committee, who are all Republican, voted to end the committee’s year-long investigation into possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russia. While they agreed that Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, the committee claimed to find no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The nine Democrats on the committee, led by Adam Schiff, decried the abrupt closure and began preparing a report that would reveal the many ways in which their Republican counterparts failed to do their jobs.
Closing the House Intel Committee investigation is bullshit, and the Dems are right to call out their GOP colleagues on this. The bullshit is so rank, in fact, that we at OTYCD have compiled a list of the 13 House Republicans–all of whose seats are up for grabs in 2018–and the Democrats who hope to win them.
Devin Nunes is the current chair of the House Intelligence Committee and represents California’s 22nd Congressional District. He belonged to the executive committee of Trump’s presidential transition team, and he’s been the lead instigator of pro-Trump shenanigans throughout the lifespan of the committee’s Trump-Russia investigation.
Nunes appears to be running for a ninth term. He won his 2016 election with 67.6 percent of the vote. As of mid-March 2018, he is not facing any Republican challengers in the June 5, 2018 primary, but California conducts “top-two” primaries, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general.
Six Democrats are running in the primary: Bobby Bliatout, Ricardo Franco, Mallory Kremer, B. John-Michael Williams, Paul Vargas, and Andrew Janz. An Independent and a member of the American Solidarity party are also running.
OYTCD has a post in the queue devoted to Janz, and we will add a link here once it posts. In the meantime, see his Ballotpedia page:
And see Andrew Janz’s campaign website:
The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican. Ballotpedia also notes that Public Policy Polling conducted a survey in January 2018 that showed Nunes leading a generic Democrat by 50 points to 45 points.
Mike Conaway represents Texas’s 11th Congressional District, and has done so for six terms. He is running again in 2018. He was the committee member who announced the “no collusion” findings to the press.
Conaway won the Republican primary on March 6, 2018, and will face Democrat Jennie Lou Leeder in the fall. Both won their primaries with more than 82 percent of the vote. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
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Peter King represents New York’s 2nd Congressional District. He initially represented the Third District, first winning election in 1992, and was redistricted into the 2nd in 2012. He is running for re-election.
As of mid-March, King faces no Republican opposition in the June 26, 2018 primary. Four Democrats are running: DuWayne Gregory, John Rennhack, Liuba Grechen Shirley, and Kevin Thomas. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Frank LoBiondo represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, and has done so since 1994. On November 7, 2017, he announced he would not run again, and cited the term limit on his House Intel Committee position as one of the reasons for retiring.
Four Democrats are running in the June 5, 2018 primary: Will Cunningham, Sean Thom, Jeff Van Drew, and Tanzie Youngblood. Seven Republicans are also running. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Democrat.
Thomas Rooney represents Florida’s 17th District. On February 19, 2018, he announced he would not run again. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2008, initially in Florida’s 16th District.
The primary is relatively late, happening on August 28, 2018. Three Republicans are running as well as two Democrats: April Freeman and Bill Pollard. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District. On April 30, 2017, she announced she would not run again. Her tenure in the House of Representatives dates back to 1988, when she stood for Florida’s 18th Congressional District. While she won re-election in 2016, the contest was closer than she might have liked–she earned 54.9 percent of the vote to her Democratic rival’s 45.1 percent.
Quite a scrum of candidates will appear in the August 28, 2018 primary. In addition to seven Republicans and two Independents, ten Democrats are running: Mary Barzee-Flores, Marvin Dunn, Ken Russell, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Matt Haggman, David Richardson, Michael Hepburn, Mark Anthony Person, and Donna Shalala (yes, she is the same woman who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton). The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Democrat.
Michael Turner represents Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2002 to represent the state’s 3rd District; redistricting in 2012 placed him in the 10th District, and he won that election. He intends to run again in 2018. He won his previous race with 64.1 percent of the vote to his Democratic challenger’s 32.7 percent.
The primary takes place on May 8, 2018. Turner will face two Republican rivals. Three Democrats are running as well: Theresa Gasper, Michael Milisits, and Robert Klepinger, who ran against Turner in 2016. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Brad Wenstrup represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. He is running for a third term. No Republicans have committed to run against him in the May 8, 2018 primary, but there is an Independent. He won his 2016 race with 65 percent of the vote to his Democratic opponent’s 32.8 percent.
There are three Democrats competing for the party’s nod: Janet Everhard, Jill Schiller, and William Smith, who ran against Wenstrup in 2016. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Chris Stewart represents Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. He is running for a third term. He faces one opponent in the June 26, 2018 primary. He won his 2016 race with 61.6 percent of the vote to his Democratic opponent’s 33.9 percent.
Also running are four Democrats: Shireen Ghorbani, Carol Surveyor, Misty Snow, and Randy Hopkins. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Rick Crawford represents Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District. He is running for a fifth term. He won his 2016 race with 76.3 percent of the vote to Libertarian Mark West’s 23.7 percent. (There was no Democratic candidate in 2016.)
The primary takes place on May 22, 2018. Crawford faces no challengers there. One Democrat, Chintan Desai, is running. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
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Elise Stefanik represents New York’s 21st Congressional District. She will run for a third term in the fall.
The primary takes place on June 26, 2018, and it is crowded. Stefanik faces two Republican challengers, and a Libertarian and an Independent are in the mix. A total of seven Democrats are running: Katie Wilson, Don Boyajian, Dylan Ratigan, Tedra Cobb, Patrick Nelson, David Mastrianni, and Emily Martz. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.
Will Hurd represents Texas’s 23rd Congressional District. He is running for a third term. He squeaked through in 2016, beating Democrat Pete Gallego with 48.3 percent of the vote to Gallego’s 47 percent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.
He handily defeated an opponent in the March 6, 2018 primary and is now waiting to learn which Democrat will be his opponent. The May 22 runoff will feature Gina Ortiz Jones against Rick Treviño.
See Ballotpedia’s page for Gina Ortiz Jones:
See Ballotpedia’s page for Rick Treviño:
Trey Gowdy represents South Carolina’s 4th District. On January 31, 2018, he announced that he would not seek re-election to a fifth term.
Five Democrats will run in the June 12, 2018 primary: Chris Chastain, Eric Graben, J.T. Davis, Will Morin, and Lee Turner. Nine Republicans are running also. The Cook Political Report rates South Carolina’s 4th District as Solid Republican.
Since the House Intelligence Committee’s vote to shut down its Trump-Russia investigation (and remember, Gowdy voted to close it), he spoke against one of its findings, saying that Russia didn’t want to see Hillary Clinton elected and “motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.”
Gowdy also made public statements defending Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller when Trump began attacking him on Twitter in mid-March. During a March 18, 2018 appearance on Fox News Sunday, he said: “When you are innocent … act like it,” as well as, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”
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Read about the House Intelligence Committee’s abrupt closure of its investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, over the objections of the committee’s nine minority Democratic members:
Read a Politico piece on Gowdy’s break from the findings of the House Intelligence Committee’s final Trump-Russia report:
Read another Politico piece on Gowdy pushing back in public on Trump’s mid-March Twitter attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller:
Read a Miami Herald piece about Donna Shalala’s interest in running for a Florida House of Representatives seat: