The results are in, and the Mormon officials in congress is facing some changes as a result. From what I can tell, the new congress will include either 5 or 6 Mormons in the Senate and 9 in the House of Representatives. [FWIW, outside of the U.S., I only know of 1 LDS Church member currently serving in a national legislature, down from 4 eight years ago.]
The results of the election are as follows:
- Robert F. Bennett (R-UT) – Remains in office – up for re-election 2010
- Mike Crapo (R-ID) – Remains in office – up for re-election 2010
- Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – Remains in office – up for re-election 2012
- Harry Reid (D-NV) – Remains in office – up for re-election 2010
- Gordon Smith (R-OR) – Uncertain – slightly ahead but race is too close to call.
- Tom Udall (D-NM) – Won Senate Seat – was House member.
- Mark Udall (D-CO) – Won Senate Seat – was House member. (Born to a Mormon family, Mark Udall doesn’t consider himself Mormon.)
- House of Representatives:
- Rob Bishop (R-UT) – Re-elected.
- Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) – Newly elected. Defeated Chris Cannon in the Republican primary.
- John Doolittle (R-CA) – Did not seek re-election due to involvement in the Abramoff scandal.
- Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – Re-elected.
- Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa–non-voting) – results not yet available.
- Dean Heller (R-NV) – Re-elected.
- Wally Herger (R-CA) – Re-elected.
- Jim Matheson (D-UT) – Re-elected.
- Buck McKeon (R-CA) – Re-elected.
- Mike Simpson (R-ID) – Re-elected.
- Steve Young (D-CA) – Lost to the incumbent.
Overall the biggest change was Tom Udall’s successful move from the House to the Senate (and that of Mark, if you want to include him as a Mormon), although if Senator Gordon Smith looses, that too will mark a significant change.
Regardless, there are now fewer Mormons in the U.S. Congress.
FWIW, there are at least two Governors in the U.S. who are Mormon (Nevada, and Utah, whose governor won re-election). Outside of the U.S., the only remaining national politician is Terry Rooney, a member of parliament in the U.K. In past years there have also been LDS politicians on the national level in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil (among countries with a population of more than 1 million).
Note: The information about who is running came from Bob King’s guest posts on BCC.