Election Day 2022: Results for Legislative Leaders

11/9/2022

How Legislative Leaders Fared on Election Night

As the nation assesses the outcomes of the 2022 midterm elections, the NCSL Leaders’ Center is drilling down into the results affecting legislative leaders.

Before Election Day even arrived, we already knew that at least 32 of the top leadership positions in the country would be held by someone new in 2023. This was due to a variety of factors, including retirements, term limits and leaders choosing to run for a different office.

Out of the top 108 legislative leaders across the states and territories, 32 were not returning, 24 were not up for reelection in this cycle, 20 ran unopposed and 32 faced a challenger for reelection.

Among the leaders seeking to earn another term in the legislature, and another term in leadership, there were some notable results last night:

A Comfortable Night for Most Leaders

Thus far, no top leaders (house speakers and senate leaders) have been defeated in their general election.

In general, it was a great night for incumbent leaders, many of whom coasted to reelection. While leaders often enjoy an incumbency advantage, this year appears to be especially stable for leaders.

At this time, there have been only two confirmed losses for incumbent leaders:

  • Iowa Senate President Jake Chapman (R) lost to a fellow incumbent—a Democrat who ended up in the same district after redistricting.
  • West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin (D) lost to a Republican challenger, 59% to 38%.

Chambers on the Edge

Three chambers have flipped party control and a few others might still flip:

  • The Minnesota Senate flipped from Republican to Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party control.
  • The Michigan House and Senate flipped from Republican to Democratic control.
  • The New Hampshire House and Senate appear to have remained in Republican hands, though recounts in individual races might still alter the balance of power in the House. As it stands, this will be the most evenly divided House in memory.
  • The Pennsylvania House is still up in the air, with control hinging on the final two as-yet-uncalled races.

Other Notable Leadership Developments

Shortly before the election, long-serving Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced he would not seek another term as leader, after serving the last 12 years as speaker. Sadly, Speaker Ralston passed away on November 16 at the age of 68. Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones will serve as Speaker until the start of the 2023 session, when Jon Burns is expected to be elected as Speaker. 

Also just days before the election, Colorado House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, who was running unopposed in his district, died from a heart attack. A Republican Party vacancy committee will select his replacement.

What’s Next?

For the leaders who managed to win their elections last night, their next step will be to organize their caucuses and chambers ahead of the 2023 session. In a few cases, their campaigning may not be over just yet as they face internal challenges for leadership positions. As these final details fall into place in the coming days and weeks, check the NCSL Leaders’ Center website for the latest on leadership changes across the country.

 

State Chamber Title Name Election Outcome

Alabama

House

Speaker

Mac McCutcheon

Leaving Office

Alabama

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Greg Reed

Won (uncontested)

Alaska

House

Speaker

Louise Stutes

TBD

Alaska

Senate

President

Peter Micciche

Leaving Office

American Samoa

House

Speaker

Savali Talavou Ale

TBD

American Samoa

Senate

President

Tuaolo Fruean

Not up for re-election in 2022

Arizona

House

Speaker

Russell Bowers

Leaving Office

Arizona

Senate

President

Karen Fann

Leaving Office

Arkansas

House

Speaker

Matthew Shepherd

Won (uncontested)

Arkansas

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Jimmy Hickey

Won*

California

House

Speaker

Anthony Rendon

Won

California

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Toni Atkins

Not up for re-election in 2022

Colorado

House

Speaker

Alec Garnett

Leaving Office

Colorado

Senate

President

Stephen Fenberg

Not up for re-election in 2022

Connecticut

House

Speaker

Matt Ritter

Won (uncontested)

Connecticut

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Martin Looney

Won

Delaware

House

Speaker

Peter Schwartzkopf

Won

Delaware

Senate

President Pro Tempore

David Sokola

Won

District of Columbia

Council

Chairman

Phil Mendelson

Won

Florida

House

Speaker

Chris Sprowls

Leaving Office

Florida

Senate

President

Wilton Simpson

Leaving Office

Georgia

House

Speaker

David Ralston

Won*

Georgia

Senate

President/Lt. Governor

Geoff Duncan

Leaving Office

Guam

House

Speaker

Therese Terlaje

TBD

Hawaii

House

Speaker

Scott Saiki

Won

Hawaii

Senate

President

Ronald Kouchi

Won

Idaho

House

Speaker

Scott Bedke

Leaving Office

Idaho

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Chuck Winder

Won

Illinois

House

Speaker

Chris Welch

Won

Illinois

Senate

President

Don Harmon

Won (uncontested)

Indiana

House

Speaker

Todd Huston

Won (uncontested)

Indiana

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Rodric Bray

Not up for re-election in 2022

Iowa

House

Speaker

Pat Grassley

Won

Iowa

Senate

Majority Leader

Jack Whitver

Won

Kansas

House

Speaker

Ron Ryckman

Leaving Office

Kansas

Senate

President

Ty Masterson

Not up for re-election in 2022

Kentucky

House

Speaker

David Osborne

Won (uncontested)

Kentucky

Senate

President

Robert Stivers

Not up for re-election in 2022

Louisiana

House

Speaker

Clay Schexnayder

Not up for re-election in 2022

Louisiana

Senate

President

Patrick Cortez

Not up for re-election in 2022

Maine

House

Speaker

Ryan Fecteau

Leaving Office

Maine

Senate

President

Troy Jackson

Won

Maryland

House

Speaker

Adrienne Jones

Won

Maryland

Senate

President

Bill Ferguson

Won

Massachusetts

House

Speaker

Ronald Mariano

Won (uncontested)

Massachusetts

Senate

President

Karen Spilka

Won (uncontested)

Michigan

House

Speaker

Jason Wentworth

Leaving Office

Michigan

Senate

Majority Leader

Mike Shirkey

Leaving Office

Minnesota

House

Speaker

Melissa Hortman

Won

Minnesota

Senate

Majority Leader

Jeremy Miller

Won**

Mississippi

House

Speaker

Philip Gunn

Not up for re-election in 2022

Mississippi

Senate

President/Lt. Governor

C. Delbert Hosemann

Not up for re-election in 2022

Missouri

House

Speaker

Rob Vescovo

Leaving Office

Missouri

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Dave Schatz

Leaving Office

Montana

House

Speaker

Wylie Galt

Leaving Office

Montana

Senate

President

Mark Blasdel

Leaving Office

Nebraska

Senate

Speaker

Mike Hilgers

Leaving Office

Nevada

House

Speaker

Vacant

n/a

Nevada

Senate

Majority Leader

Nicole Cannizzaro

Not up for re-election in 2022

New Hampshire

House

Speaker

Sherman Packard

Won

New Hampshire

Senate

President

Chuck Morse

Leaving Office

New Jersey

House

Speaker

Craig Coughlin

Not up for re-election in 2022

New Jersey

Senate

President

Nicholas Scutari

Not up for re-election in 2022

New Mexico

House

Speaker

Brian Egolf

Leaving Office

New Mexico

Senate

Majority Floor Leader

Peter Wirth

Not up for re-election in 2022

New York

House

Speaker

Carl Heastie

Won

New York

Senate

Majority Leader

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Won

North Carolina

House

Speaker

Tim Moore

Won (uncontested)

North Carolina

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Phil Berger

Won (uncontested)

North Dakota

House

Majority Leader

Chet Pollert

Leaving Office

North Dakota

Senate

Majority Leader

Rich Wardner

Leaving Office

Northern Mariana Islands

House

Speaker

Edmund S Villagomez

TBD

Northern Mariana Islands

Senate

President

Jude Hofschneider

TBD

Ohio

House

Speaker

Robert Cupp

Leaving Office

Ohio

Senate

President

Matt Huffman

Not up for re-election in 2022

Oklahoma

House

Speaker

Charles McCall

Won (uncontested)

Oklahoma

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Greg Treat

Not up for re-election in 2022

Oregon

House

Speaker

Dan Rayfield

Won

Oregon

Senate

President

Peter Courtney

Leaving Office

Pennsylvania

House

Speaker

Bryan Cutler

Won (uncontested)

Pennsylvania

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Jake Corman

Leaving Office

Puerto Rico

House

Speaker

Rafael Hernandez Montanez

Not up for re-election in 2022

Puerto Rico

Senate

President

Jose Dalmau Santiago

Not up for re-election in 2022

Rhode Island

House

Speaker

K. Joseph Shekarchi

Won

Rhode Island

Senate

President

Dominick Ruggerio

Won (uncontested)

South Carolina

House

Speaker

Murrell Smith

Won (uncontested)

South Carolina

Senate

President

Thomas Alexander

Not up for re-election in 2022

South Dakota

House

Speaker

Spencer Gosch

Leaving Office

South Dakota

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Lee Schoenbeck

Won (uncontested)

Tennessee

House

Speaker

Cameron Sexton

Won

Tennessee

Senate

Lt.Governor/Speaker

Randy McNally

Won (uncontested)

Texas

House

Speaker

Dade Phelan

Won

Texas

Senate

President/Lt. Governor

Dan Patrick

Won

U.S. Virgin Islands

Senate

President

Donna Frett-Gregory

Won

Utah

House

Speaker

Brad Wilson

Won

Utah

Senate

President

J. Stuart Adams

Won

Vermont

House

Speaker

Jill Krowinski

Won (uncontested)

Vermont

Senate

President Pro Tempore

Becca Balint

Leaving Office

Virginia

House

Speaker

Todd Gilbert

Not up for re-election in 2022

Virginia

Senate

Majority Leader

Richard Saslaw

Not up for re-election in 2022

Washington

House

Speaker

Laurie Jinkins

Won

Washington

Senate

Majority Leader

Andy Billig

Not up for re-election in 2022

West Virginia

House

Speaker

Roger Hanshaw

Won

West Virginia

Senate

President

Craig Blair

Not up for re-election in 2022

Wisconsin

House

Speaker

Robin Vos

Won

Wisconsin

Senate

Majority Leader

Devin LeMahieu

Won (uncontested)

Wyoming

House

Speaker

Eric Barlow

Leaving Office

Wyoming

Senate

President

Dan Dockstader

Not up for re-election in 2022

*Won reelection, but not returning as leader for 2023 session
**Won reelection, but chamber flipped

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