2018 Election Takeaways
The 2018 midterm elections are finally behind us. Once again, the United States will endure at least two years of a divided federal government with Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives and the Republicans retaining control of the U.S. Senate.
Here’s a brief recap of some of the races Veterans Action Network highlighted this year and a few more takeaways from the 2018 midterm elections.
Montana Senate Race
Incumbent Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester fought off his challenger, Matt Rosendale in one of the most hotly contested Senate races this season. Not only was Tester able to fend off his Republican challenger, he was also able to fight off numerous appearances by President Donald Trump.
Earlier this year, the race for Montana Senate was thrust into the national spotlight following President Trump’s failed nomination of Ronnie Jackson. Tester was in boiling water with President Donald Trump after Tester’s largely unfounded accusations against the White House physician. Those claims set off a Twitter-storm between the Trump and Tester. Nevertheless, Tester has stood by the allegations and was able to win another term as Montana’s U.S. Senator.
Wisconsin Senate Race
The scandal surrounding the over-prescription of opioids at the Tomah, WI VA Medical Center was a central issue in Wisconsin state senator Leah Vukmir’s bid to oust incumbent Democrat Senator Tammy Baldwin. Veterans Action Network previously covered the story surrounding the alleged cover-up of the scandal by Senator Baldwin’s office.
Baldwin, however, easily beat her Republican challenger and will serve a second term as the Junior Senator from Wisconsin.
Military Veterans in Congress
After a grueling midterm election season, 77 U.S. military veterans were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. That means that the number of veterans serving in Congress will be lower than it was at the start of the last Congress.
Although that stat is disappointing, there is a silver lining for those who believe that America needs more military veterans in serving in government. Of the 16 freshman veteran representatives elected to Congress, three are women which nearly doubles the number of female veterans currently serving in Congress.
Although America will once again have a divided federal government, we sincerely hope that both parties can find common ground when it comes to issues concerning America’s veterans. Veterans issues are not partisan issues; they are American issues. Although we are bound to see unprecedented levels partisan bickering over the next two years, our representatives should put aside politics when it comes to serving those who have served our country.