Ric Keller

When Serving Together in Congress is a Family Affair
Mooney brothers seek to succeed Sanchez sisters as siblings in Congress

Linda Sanchez, center in red, and her sister Loretta Sanchez, get a tour of the House floor from Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., during their first day in the House in 2003. (CQ Roll Call file photo).

Democrat Loretta Sanchez is giving up her House seat and the opportunity to continue to serve with her sister in Congress to run for the Senate in California, while the Mooney brothers are hoping to become Congress’s latest pair of siblings.  

The Sanchezes (Loretta of the 46th District and Linda of the 38th) are currently the only siblings serving in Congress. Republican Rep. Alex Mooney was first elected in West Virginia’s 2nd District in 2014 and his brother, Pat, is running in Florida’s 6th District.  

5 Former Members of Congress You Didn't Know Were Running Again
Odds are long for all to make a return to the Hill

Former Rep. Pete Gallego is seeking a rematch with incumbent Republican Rep. Will Hurd in Texas' 23rd Congressional District. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats Brad Schneider of Illinois, Carol Shea Porter of New Hampshire, and Pete Gallego of Texas lost re-election bids in 2014 in a tough environment. All are running again this year, likely to be a friendlier one for Democrats. The three races are rated "Tossup" by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

But a handful of other former members who you might not even know are running face longer odds.