Republican Rep.-elect Julia Letlow is being into office, according to The Western Journal.
The gap in the margin inside the House of Representatives is seemingly coming to a close with a current 218-212 count, Democrat to Republican.
With such a tight margin democrats could see issues passing certain legislation.
After the 2020 election, Democrats held the majority with 222-213.
However, three Democrats resigned their positions to accept positions within the Biden Administration.
Letlow said, “I’m ready to go to work. I can’t get there fast enough.”
“I truly believe everything has prepared me for this moment. I’m confident and ready to serve. I’m up to the task.”
Republican Representatives Mike Johnson and Steve Scalise stated that they’ve saved her a seat in the House Agriculture Committee.
“She’ll be able to make a strong impact,” Johnson stated.
Politico reported, “[Letlow] took 62 percent of the vote in the 12-way race, a commanding victory that cleared the majority threshold needed to avoid a runoff.”
“Her election brings the number of Republican women in Congress to 31 — a stunning turnaround from the end of last cycle, when there were just 13.”
“Rep. Alcee Hastings’ death opens up a coveted South Florida congressional seat and further narrows Democrats’ already-tenuous House majority.”
“Hastings, who died at 84 years of age, served in Congress for parts of four decades, most recently representing a majority-Black district that included parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, including slices of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.”
“The race to replace him in a yet-to-be-scheduled special election sets up what will likely be intense regional jockeying among some of the area’s most prominent political figures.”
Fox News said, “That slim margin of error could prevent Democrats from passing more progressive bills that moderates in their party may not support.”
From The Western Journal:
Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine has been a “consistent defector” and was the only Democrat to vote against President Joe Biden’s American Recovery Act, according to The Cook Political Report.
Six Democrats are in districts won by former President Donald Trump in 2020, and another 18 Democrats won their races by less than 52 percent.
Letlow earned 65 percent of the vote in Louisiana’s primary election on March 20 and now represents the state’s 24-parish 5th Congressional District, according to USA Today.
Special elections will be held later this year in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Ohio and Florida to fill the remaining open seats in the House.
Texas and New Mexico are the only possibly competitive races but typically lean Republican and Democrat respectively, according to Intelligencer.
Pelosi has suggested this could be her last term as House speaker, according to Politico. However, she was vague in her announcement, leaving room to change her mind.
Democrats will need to maintain their majority in the House in the 2022 midterm elections if they want to pick Pelosi’s successor.