Louisiana congressmen will return to a different Washington landscape

Louisiana voters decided against changing the state’s congressional delegation but the rest of the country had different ideas, overturning a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and giving control of the speakership to Democrats for the first time since 2010.

The state’s six incumbent congressmen all coasted to re-election Tuesday, but when they return to Capitol Hill they’ll find a new landscape to navigate.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from the New Orleans area, once had his eyes on the speaker’s gavel. With current GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, retiring at the end of the year, Scalise spent the last six months jockeying with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, for the inside track to replace him…

 

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