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A Good Night for Jewish Candidates In Senate and House

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The Senate.

It was a good night for Jewish members of the House—at least the Democratic members— though due to retirements there will still be a smaller number of Jewish politicians serving in it. No incumbent lost his or her seat except for  Howard Berman in California’s 30th District. On the bright side through the magic of redistricting his incumbent competitor, Brad Sherman, who is also Jewish, was able to retain his seat in the House.

A few Jewish House members were even surprises winners. Democrat Lois Frankel was able to win her race in Florida’s 22nd District as was Democrat Brad Schneider, who won Illinois’s 10th District.

The night wasn’t all celebratory. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was trounced by the incumbent Democrat Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s 9th District, and businessman Randy Altschuler was unable to unseat the incumbent Democrat Timothy Bishop in New York’s 1st Congressional District.

Senate incumbents fared well. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were all able to hold onto their seats. Shelley Berkley, the Democratic contender in Nevada, was unable to defeat Republican incumbent Dean Heller. In Ohio Josh Mandell was unable to defeat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown, and all the way out in Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle lost to the incumbent Democrat Mazie Hirono.  Several of the more popular and powerful Jewish senators, such as Barbara Boxer, Carl Levin and Chuck Schumer, were not running this year.

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The next Congress will have 10 Jews serving in the Senate and 22 members of the House — down from the 12 Jews elected to the Senate and 27 elected to the House in 2010

Below is a list compiled by the Times of Israel of Jews expected to serve in the 113th Congress:

Below is the list of Jews who are expected to serve in the 113th Congress.


Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)**

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Ben Cardin (D-Md.)**

Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)**

(Note: Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who is projected to win his re-election bid, does not identify a religion, but notes that his mother is Jewish and a Holocaust survivor.)


Susan Davis (D-Calif.)

Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)*

Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)

Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)

Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)

Jared Polis (D-Colo.)

Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)

Lois Frankel (D-Fla.)*

Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)*

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

Brad Schneider (D-Ill.)*

John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

Sander Levin (D-Mich.)

Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)

Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)

Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.)

David Cicilline (D-R.I.)

Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

* Newly elected to House in Tuesday’s elections. (Note: Alan Grayson had served in the House but lost his seat in the 2010 midterm elections.)

** Senators who were re-elected Tuesday.

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