Congressional Resignations in the 112th
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When a Senator resigns, the governor of the represented state may immediately appoint a successor. For the House of Representatives, things are more complicated. ...

When a Senator resigns, the governor of the represented state may immediately appoint a successor. For the House of Representatives, things are more complicated.

See article in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marci-harris/my-congressman-just-resig_b_1660054.html

The Constitution (Article I, Section 2, Clause 4) requires that Representatives must be elected and a special election to be called to fill the seat.

Given the extensive nominating, primary, and general process, districts from which a Member of Congress leaves office -- for whatever reason -- are inevitably left without representation for several months.

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  • 1. Congressional Resignations 112th Congress January 2011-December 2012 Compiled by POPVOX July 9, 2012Monday, July 9, 12
  • 2. New York - 26 112 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives Special election cost to taxpayers $550,000 (estimated) Rep. Chris Lee Rep. Kathy Hochul n r ni o d 1 t ion ls w ne 201 lec 1 E 1 hu sig 9, ial , 20 oc 11 re ry ec 25 y H , 20 ee rua L b Sp y ath e 1 K n F e Ma Ju Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep OctMonday, July 9, 12
  • 3. CALIFORNIA - 36 156 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives Special election cost to taxpayers: $1.5 million Rep. Jane Harman Rep. Janice Hahn (estimated) ed 1 t ign 01 den res 8, 2 resi n in an y 2 me p the n or arm ruar beco O of ilson tio sw H b o lec11 n ah 1 F e t nd CE row W l E 20 ia , e H 201 a od Wo nter ec 12 nic 1, Ce Sp ly Ja ne Ju Ju Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May JuMonday, July 9, 12
  • 4. Nevada - 2 129 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives Special election cost to taxpayers: $1 million (estimated) Rep. Dean Heller Rep. Mark Amodei n ed ni gn 1 or 1 e si 1 e tion, 201 ei sw 201 r r 201 pt an t to t h lle 9, ce en ec 13 El r od 15, He y o ac intm ate ial be Am ber M a t po en ec em p t ark em ap S. S S ep M pt Se U . S Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May JuMonday, July 9, 12
  • 5. New York - 9 91 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives Special election cost to taxpayers $350,000 (estimated) Rep. Anthony Weiner Rep. Bob Turner n 1 rn i 1 ed t ion 201 wo 1 ign 1 ec 3, r s , 20 res 01 El r 1 ne r ial be ur er 15 ine 16, 2 pec m b T b We ne S pte Bo tem Ju Se S ep Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep OctMonday, July 9, 12
  • 6. OREGON - 1 188 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives Special election cost to taxpayers $593,497 Rep. David Wu Rep. Susan Bonamici n in w or s ion 1 ci ed 11 ct 01 mi 12 ign 20 l Ele , 2 a on , 20 res t 3, cia ry 31 an B y 7 u W gus pe ua S n us ruar Au S b Ja Fe Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep OctMonday, July 9, 12
  • 7. Arizona - 8 146 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives Special election cost to taxpayers: $3 million (estimated) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Rep. Ron Barber ed ign 12 n n res , 20 te o n n ni s tio or rd 25 entra m Ja lec 12 w r s 012 iffo ary conc ry fro ing G nu o e ot E al , 20 arbe9, 2 i Ja t v co sho ec 12 n B e 1 re 1 1 Sp ne Ro un 20 Ju J Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May JuMonday, July 9, 12
  • 8. Washington - 4 estimated* 243 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives No special election -- seat will be filled in Rep. Jay Inslee Vacant November General Election (at no additional cost to taxpayers.) ed n 2 nor of ion012 sig 201 ver ct 2 re , go Eler 6, lee h 10 n for ton e ral be Ins rc o ru ing en em Ma t Wash G ov N Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May JuMonday, July 9, 12
  • 9. Michigan - 11 estimated* 125 days without a Member in the U.S. House of Representatives No special election -- seat will be filled in Rep. Thad McCotter Vacant November General Election (at no additional cost to taxpayers.) n ed e sig ion012 rr 2 ct 2 tte 01 Eler 6, Co , 2 e ral be Mc ly 6 en em G ov Ju N Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May JuMonday, July 9, 12