POLICY BRIEFINGS


New Members of the 115th Congress


UNITED STATES SENATE

Kamala Harris (D-CA)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D, to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: San Francisco • BORN: Oct. 20, 1964; Oakland • RELIGION: Baptist • FAMILY: Husband, Douglas Emhoff • EDUCATION: Howard U., B.A. 1986 (economics); U. of Calif.-Hastings, J.D. 1989 • CAREER: County deputy district attorney • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: San Francisco city attorney, 1998-2003 and district attorney, 2004-11; Calif. attorney general, 2011-present.


Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
ELECTION: Defeated Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R • RESIDENCE: Hoffman Estates • BORN: Mar. 12, 1968; Bangkok, Thailand • RELIGION: Unspecified • FAMILY: Husband, Bryan Bowlsbey; one child • EDUCATION: U. of Hawaii, B.A. 1989; George Washington U., M.A. 1992; Capella U., Ph.D. 2015 • MILITARY: Army Reserve 1991-96; Ill. National Guard 1996- 2014 • CAREER: State veterans affairs dir. • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2006; Veterans Affairs Dept. asst. sec., 2009-11; U.S. House, 2013-present.


Todd Young (R-IN)
ELECTION: Defeated Evan Bayh, D, to succeed Sen. Dan Coats, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Bloomington • BORN: Aug. 24, 1972; Lancaster, Pa. • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer; four children• EDUCATION: U.S. Naval Academy, 1995 B.S. (political science); U. of London, 2001 M.A. ; U. of Chicago, 2002 M.B.A.; Ind. U.-Indianapolis, 2006 J.D. • MILITARY: Marine Corps, 1995-2000 • CAREER: Lawyer; congressional aide; conservative think tank aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. House, 2011-present.


John Kennedy (R-LA)
ELECTION: Advanced to Dec. 10 runoff to succeed Sen. David Vitter, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Madisonville • BORN: Nov. 21, 1951; Centreville, Miss. • RELIGION: United Methodist • FAMILY: Wife, Becky; one child • EDUCATION: Vanderbilt U., B.A. 1973; U. of Va., J.D. 1977; Oxford U., B.C.L. 1979 • CAREER: Lawyer; gubernatorial and campaign aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: La. sec. of revenue and taxation, 1996-99; La. treasurer, 2000-present; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, 2004; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, 2008.


Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
ELECTION: Defeated Kathy Szeliga, R, to succeed Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Kensington • BORN: Jan. 10, 1959; Karachi, Pakistan • RELIGION: Episcopalian • FAMILY: Wife, Katherine Wilkens Van Hollen; three children • EDUCATION: Swarthmore Coll., B.A. 1983 (philosophy); Harvard U., M.P.P. 1985; Georgetown U., J.D. 1990 • CAREER: Lawyer; gubernatorial and congressional aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Md. House, 1991-95; Md. Senate, 1995-2003; U.S. House, 2003-present.


Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. Joe Heck, R, to succeed Sen. Harry Reid, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Las Vegas • BORN: Mar. 29, 1964; Las Vegas • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Husband, Paul Masto • EDUCATION: U. of Nev., B.A. 1986 (finance); Gonzaga U., J.D. 1990 • CAREER: State college system vice chancellor; lawyer; federal prosecutor; county assistant manager; gubernatorial aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Nev. attorney general, 2007-15.


Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
ELECTION: Opposed Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R • PRONOUNCED: HASS-in • RESIDENCE: Newfields • BORN: Feb. 27, 1958; Boston, Mass. • RELIGION: United Church of Christ • FAMILY: Husband, Thomas; two children• EDUCATION: Brown U., A.B. 1980 (history); Northeastern U., J.D. 1985 • CAREER: Lawyer; state public information officer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Democratic nominee for N.H. Senate, 2002; N.H. Senate, 2005-10 (maj. leader, 2008-10); governor, 2013-present.


UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01)
ELECTION: Defeated Paul Babeu, R, to succeed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D, who ran for U.S. Senate • RESIDENCE: Sedona • BORN: Jan. 24, 1946; Chicago • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Pat; three children • EDUCATION: DePaul U., attended 1991-93 • CAREER: Lobbyist; bond trader; police officer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Ariz. House, 2001-07; Ariz. Senate, 2007-09, independent candidate for Ariz. Senate, 2014.


Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05)
ELECTION: Defeated Talia Fuentes, D, to succeed Rep. Matt Salmon, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Gilbert • BORN: Nov. 7, 1958; Tucson • RELIGION: Mormon • FAMILY: Wife, Cindy; six children • EDUCATION: Brigham Young U., B.A. 1982 (Asian studies); U. of Ariz., J.D. 1984; Ariz. State U., M.A. 1999 (political science) • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Ariz. House, 2003-11; Ariz. Senate, 2011-present (president, 2013-present).


Ro Khanna (D-CA-17)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. Michael M. Honda, D • PRONOUNCED: like “DONNA” • RESIDENCE: Fremont • BORN: Sept. 13, 1976; Philadelphia • RELIGION: Hindu • FAMILY: Wife, Ritu • EDUCATION: U. of Chicago, A.B. 1998 (economics); Yale U., J.D. 2001 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 2004; Commerce Dept. deputy asst. sec., 2009-11; Democratic candidate for U.S. House, 2014.


Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)
ELECTION: Defeated Casey Lucius, R, to succeed Rep. Sam Farr, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Carmel Valley • BORN: Oct. 1, 1969; Washington, D.C. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Carrie McIntyre Panetta; two children • EDUCATION: U. of Calif.-Davis, B.A. 1992 (international relations); Santa Clara U., J.D. 1996 • MILITARY: Naval Reserve, 2003-11 • CAREER: Deputy district attorney • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Monterey County Central Democratic Committee vice chair, 2012-16.


Salud Carbajal (D-CA-27)
ELECTION: Defeated Justin Fareed, R, to succeed Rep. Lois Capps, D, who retired • PRONOUNCED: sa-LOOD car-ba-HALL • RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara • BORN: Nov. 18, 1964; Moroleón, Mexico • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Gina; two children • EDUCATION: U. of Calif.-Santa Barbara, B.A. 1990; Fielding U., M.A. 1994 • MILITARY: Marine Corps Reserve, 1984-92 • CAREER: County leg. aide; drug prevention nonprofit executive • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Santa Barbara County Board, 2004-present.


Nanette Barragan (D-CA-44)
ELECTION: Defeated Isadore Hall III, D, to succeed Rep. Janice Hahn, D, who ran for L.A. County Board • RESIDENCE: San Pedro • BORN: Sept. 15, 1976; San Pedro • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Single • EDUCATION: U. of Calif.-Los Angeles, B.A. 2000 (political science); U. of Southern Calif., J.D. 2005 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Hermosa Beach City Council, 2013-15 (mayor, 2015).


Lou Correa (D-CA-46)
ELECTION: Defeated Bao Nguyen, D, to succeed Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D, who ran for U.S. Senate • RESIDENCE: Santa Ana • BORN: Jan. 24, 1958; East L.A. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Esther; four children • EDUCATION: Calif. State U.-Fullerton, B.A. 1980 (economics); U. of Calif.-Los Angeles, J.D and M.B.A. 1985 • CAREER: Investment banker; real estate broker • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Calif. Assembly, 1998-2004; Orange County Board, 2005-06; Calif. Senate, 2006-14.


Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE-AL)
ELECTION: Defeated Hans Reigle, R, to succeed Rep. John Carney, D, who ran for governor • RESIDENCE: Wilmington • BORN: Feb. 10, 1962; Philadelphia • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Widowed; two children • EDUCATION: Fairleigh Dickinson U., B.A. 1985; U. of Del., M.A. 2002 • CAREER: Civil rights nonprofit CEO; congressional district aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Del. dep. sec. of health and social services, 1993-98, sec. of labor, 1998-2001, and dir. of personnel, 2001-04.



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