The Global Citizen: Capitol Hill
Jeanne Shaheen pulled off a win in New Hampshire, defeating one-term Senator John Sununu. This isn't just good news for her or her party, it's a win for Citizens for Global Solutions. Back in July, we talked with Shaheen and her campaign about our issues, working with our candidate questionnaire. One of the most exciting things was that she said the U.S. should slowly start engaging with the International Criminal Court.
According to Cooks Political Report, the race for Washington's 08 District seat was a toss-up the night before the election. Incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert (R) faced off against Darcy Burner (D), for the second time. In 2006, the two battled for the same seat with Reichert squeaking out a slight victory, 51% to 49%.
Prior to Election Day, Democrats argued that the economy and the general political climate of the country combined with an influx of Democratic residents to this suburban district of Seattle significantly helped Burners chances.
The 10th District of Illinois was considered a toss-up the day before the election. A suburb of Chicago, it was home to one of the nation's priciest and most competitive House races. While officially represented by a Republican, it went solidly to Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election.
Incumbent Mark Kirk (R), fought desperately to cling to his seat by touting a centrist platform throughout the race. Whereas, challenger Dan Seals (D), endorsed by President Obama, tried to paint Kirk as more closely tied to the Republican Party than he claimed.
Representative Howard Berman of California's 28th District has won his fourteenth bid for Congress, after running uncontested in this year's election cycle. Berman has been an exceptional force in the House, bringing his experience and oversight to an impressive number of bills relating to international affairs budgets and peacekeeping matters. As Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Berman has been instrumental in brokering the deal on President Bush's anti-AIDS initiative, amongst other achievements.
As of this writing it appears that the U.S. Senate race in Georgia between Saxby Chambliss (R-Incumbent) and Jim Martin (D) is headed for a runoff on Tuesday, December 2. The runoff is sure to attract national attention as the Democrats seek to build their working majority in the Senate, and to capitalize on the momentum of the election victory of Barack Obama, and the Republicans seeks to secure a line of defense in the Senate.
Dennis Kucinich, a U.S. Representative since 1996, was reelected in the 10th District of Ohio for his 7th term. Ohioans were not surprised by his win, since he fundraised nearly seven times more than his Republican competitor, James Trakas, who lost by 18 % votes. His experience from primary elections 2004 and 2008 when he ran for Democratic nomination for President of the United States, helped him, too.
Voters appreciated his focus on economy, health care, workers rights, NAFTA or the end of Iraq war.
Last night, Chellie Pingree triumphed over Charlie Summers, 56% to 44%, claiming Maine's 1st District House seat. Newcomer, Chellie Pingree is a former Maine State Senator, businesswoman and former CEO of Common Cause. This will be her first term serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At Common Cause, Chellie Pingree worked to "foster collaboration between influential nongovernmental leaders from partner countries to better address government accountability issues."
Representative Pingree will hopefully be a true CGS advocate. On her campaign website, Pingree declared her support for increased global interaction, "America must no longer be seen as an aggressor in the world. We need to embrace a new foreign policy to restore our reputation. In the future we must work cooperatively with other nations, acting multilaterally first and unilaterally only if necessary." CGS endorsed Chellie Pingree because we feel that once in office, she will work hard to promote global engagement and international cooperation.
Congratulations Chellie Pingree! We look forward to following your Congressional career.
James P. McGovern is an incumbent, currently serving his 6th term in Congress. He ran uncontested this year and will remain Massachusetts' 3rd District representative in the House. McGovern's reelection, even though unchallenged, remains a triumph for Citizens for Global Solutions and for the world. Over the years, McGovern's voting record has earned him an A+ rating on our Congressional Report Card.
Lynn Woolsey has served in Congress for over sixteen years, and yesterday she defeated her challenger, Mike Halliwell with a resounding 72% to 24% victory. Representative Woolsey is a champion of CGS causes, earning an A rating on our Congressional Report Card and we are delighted to welcome her back to Washington.
As a member of the House she "proposed a plan called SMART Security , which is a Sensible, Multilateral American Response to Terrorism. Under this plan, war is an absolute last resort, to be pursued only after every diplomatic solution has been exhausted." Woolsey's plan involves fighting terrorism by "promoting multilateral partnerships and the better intelligence they bring - with an emphasis on respecting human and civil rights."
Incumbent Keith Ellison has been re-elected to represent Minnesota's 5th District, after first being elected in 2007, and now winning once again in this year's election cycle by 71% to 22% over Republican Davis White. Ellison is the first Muslim member of Congress, and also the first African-American representative of his district. In 2008 he received an A+ in our Congressional Report Card for his impressive track record of voting as a global citizen would.
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