U.S. Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Steve Womack won re-election Tuesday night in Arkansas, and their fellow Republicans across the country were still vying to take control of both houses of Congress as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Democrats have had the majority in the House of Representatives since 2019 and the Senate since last year. Democratic President Joe Biden addressed the media and the nation Wednesday afternoon, citing unofficial numbers that show increased participation among younger voters for the lack of a “red wave.”
“I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today,” Biden said. “It’s because of all the young people I talk about, 18-30. They’re showing up and are the best educated generation in American history.”
Republicans did perform well in Arkansas, however, as Boozman and all four U.S. Representatives secured re-election.
Boozman was originally elected to the Senate in 2010 and secured his third term with nearly two-thirds of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate Natalie James. Boozman lives in Rogers and has previously worked on the Rogers School Board, Benton County Fair Board and created a low-vision program for the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock.
“I’ve had no better partner and friend, and I’m glad we can keep serving the people of Arkansas,” fellow Sen. Tom Cotton said in a tweet.
Within his committees, Boozman is the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. His mission is to challenge issues those working in agriculture face in agriculture and modernize nutrition programs. Boozman is also on the Committee on Appropriations, which focuses on funding for veterans and military construction projects.
“As the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant, I learned at an early age about the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as unique challenges military families face,” Boozman said on his website. “I brought these values with me to Washington where I am working to enhance the quality of life and for our servicemembers, veterans and military families.”
Boozman is also on the committees on Environment and Public Works, Veterans’ Affairs, and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. These committees emphasize infrastructure improvement, benefits for veterans and their families and compliance with The Helsinki Final Act, according to his website.
Womack won his seventh term serving Arkansas’ Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives, having first been elected in 2010. He defeated Democrat Lauren Mallet-Hays with 64% of the vote.
Womack will focus on many issues including the support of policies against abortion, representation of farmers and a balanced budget amendment.
While the House majority could be decided any moment, the balance of the Senate will likely come down to a runoff election in Georgia next month.
This story will be updated periodically.
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