Dan Benishek

Lobbying After Congress Declines in Popularity
Roll Call looks at what alums of the 114th Congress are up to

Clockwise from top left: former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, former Reps. Janice Hahn of California and Candice S. Miller of Michigan, former Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland and David Vitter of Louisiana, former Rep. Steve Israel of New York, former House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and former Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina. (Bill Clark and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photos)

By KYLE STEWART and GRIFFIN CONNOLLY

Whether it was the ascension of Donald Trump, the endless vitriol of today’s politics or other factors, former members of the 114th Congress departed Washington in droves, a marked difference from previous Congresses when the most popular destinations for former members were D.C. lobbying firms.

New Kids on the Block
Incoming freshmen House members include former pro basketball player, a Navy SEAL and a couple of second-generation politicians

Newly elected members of Congress all have interesting résumés.

GOP’s Walberg Keeps Michigan's 7th District Seat
Democrats fail to pick up another Republican seat it targeted

Republican Rep. Tim Walberg survived his race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Tim Walberg will overcome being a Democratic target in Michigan’s 7th District, The Associated Press projects.

Walberg led his opponent, Michigan state Rep. Gretchen Driskell, 57 percent to 38 percent with 59 percent of precincts voting.

Democrats Haul in More Money than GOP in Michigan Races
Incumbents maintain strong bank accounts despite lower third quarter marks

Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Michigan brought in less money than Democratic challenger Suzanna Shkreli in the third quarter, but he's got lots more in the bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic candidates raised more money than Republicans in the third quarter in congressional races in Michigan, according to a recent analysis. 

However, these fundraising efforts do not come close to the stockpiles of cash the GOP incumbents have on hand, Craig Mauger of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network told The Detroit News. 

Ratings Changes in 12 Competitive House Races
6 races shift toward Democrats but 6 improve for Republicans

Iowa Rep. David Young's' re-election contest in the state's 3rd District moves from Tossup to Tilts Republican, according to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call's latest race rating. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for Donald Trump to create the nationwide swell that would be necessary to put the Republicans’ House majority into play. House races are often late to engage but, thus far, the developments have been a mixed bag for Democrats, keeping sizable gains out of reach.

The lack of vulnerable Democrats — and the resiliency of many Republican incumbents in the face of an unpopular presidential nominee — could amount to a historic election in the House, but not in the way one might think. The cycle could produce the fewest number of House seats to flip party control in 60 years.

Nominees Set in Competitive Michigan House Race
Indian-American finishes first in Washington primary for safe Democratic seat

Rep. Dan Benishek's retirement set off a battleground race to replace him in Michigan's 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated Aug. 5 |  Voters in Washington and Michigan have selected their nominees in three open congressional seats, one of which is a battleground district.  

In Michigan's 1st District, a competitive seat in November, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary. Current GOP Rep. Dan Benishek is retiring at the end of this term.   

House Majority PAC Adds TV Reservations for Iowa and Michigan
Democratic PAC has reserved $19.6 million across 23 media markets

House Majority PAC is reserving time in Iowa's 3rd District, where Jim Mowrer, above, is taking on GOP Rep. David Young. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that helps elect Democrats to the House, placed additional TV reservations Monday that bring its total early ad buys to more than $19.6 million across 23 media markets for the final weeks of the 2016 campaign.   

The new reservations include $214,000 in Marquette, Michigan, and $378,000 in Traverse City, Michigan.  

Michigan's Benishek Gets a Democratic Challenger — or Two

Benishek now has a credible Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a new defensive responsibility in their quest to maintain their House majority.  

Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who has represented the 1st District for three terms, not only faces potential primary threats for breaking his term-limit pledge , but now also has a credible Democratic challenger.