That’s how many former members of the House of Representatives will be rejoining the chamber in January after comeback victories in the Nov. 6 election.
Seven are Democrats, and two are Republicans.
Six of the Democrats were defeated in the 2010 election. They are Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Alan Grayson of Florida, Bill Foster of Illinois, Dina Titus of Nevada, Dan Maffei of New York and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire. In most cases, the former members were elected this year in districts more Democratic-leaning than the ones they lost in 2010. Congressional lines were redrawn in 2011 and 2012.
The seventh Democrat, Rick Nolan of Minnesota, is returning to the House after a 32-year absence. He was first elected in 1974, a member of the huge House Democratic class of “Watergate Babies” swept in after President Richard Nixon’s resignation three months before the election. Nolan served three terms and left the House after the 1980 election.
Republicans Matt Salmon of Arizona and Steve Stockman of Texas first entered the House in 1995. Salmon left after three terms and pursued a campaign for governor in 2002 that failed. Stockman was defeated for re-election in 1996, though the district he won Nov. 6 is much friendlier to Republican candidates than the one he previously represented.