The Election

Although independent pollsters predicted a nailbiter Election for control of the Senate, strong Republican voter turnout on November 4 decisively flipped the Senate from Democratic to Republican control, with forthcoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a position to demonstrate whether he is able to overcome the gridlock that stalled so much business in the current Congress. Almost as important, Senate Committee Chairs will also flip, generally to a more business-friendly outlook. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) is expected to replace Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) as Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee—which not only controls business related to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, but also truck weight policy—and forest-friendly Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) seems slated to take over Chairmanship of the very powerful Appropriations Committee from Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland). For more information, see FRA’s 2014 Mid-Term Election Analysis document.