Half of the Senators Who Voted for Obamacare are Out of Office

With the loss of Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, half of the 60 Senators who voted for Obamacare in 2009 are no longer in the Senate.

Bloomberg says 19 of those Senators who voted for the healthcare law retired or resigned, 8 lost their re-election bids and three died while in office.

Some of the other numbers from the GOP's rout in 2014.


9: That's the net seat gain that Republicans made in the Senate, the biggest by either party since Republicans picked up a dozen seats in 1980 with the help of Ronald Reagan's landslide election as president. Republicans unseated Democratic incumbents in five states—Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina—and also picked up the seats of retiring Democratic incumbents in Iowa, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. Colorado and Iowa voted to re-elect President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, though the other seven states backed Republican challenger Mitt Romney. A tough map for Democrats was made tougher by Obama's mediocre job approval rating.

53: The number of senators in the 114th Congress in January who will have previously served in the House. That's the highest total since at least 1899, according to Eric Ostermeier's Smart Politics. This total includes Cassidy, who's represented the Baton Rouge area in Congress since 2009. Landrieu did not serve in the House. One wonders if the rising trend of House members graduating to the Senate is contributing to more partisan warfare in the latter chamber.

36: The number of states that will have both senators from the same political party. Twenty states will have two Republican senators. The 16 states with two Democratic senators include Vermont, where liberal independent Bernie Sanders caucuses with the Democrats for organizational purposes and also is chairman of a committee in the soon-to-expire Democratic-run Senate. Democrat Pat Leahy is Vermont's other senator.