Several news organizations, including CBS, NPR and NBC, are projecting that Republicans will take control of the U.S. House. If that’s the case, Minnesota will see a net loss in Chairs of House Committees.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar and DFL Rep. Collin Peterson currently chair two key committees. Oberstar is the chair of the House Transportation Committee. Peterson is the chair of the House Agriculture Committee. They will both lose their chairmanships (if they win reelection).
Meanwhile, GOP Rep. John Kline will likely become chair of the House Education and Labor Committee. He’s the ranking GOP member of that committee.
Another question is whether GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann makes a play for a leadership position. Bachmann has raised more money than any other candidate running for the U.S. House.