A host of Harvard Law School graduates are headed to Congress after winning elections in the Nov. 8 midterms. At the time of publication, at least 12 law school alumni had won their congressional bids, while two graduates’ races weren’t yet called by The Associated Press. The election winners will join in Washington six sitting senators and Harvard Law graduates who weren’t up for re-election this cycle.
Two long-time members of the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ’74 (D-N.Y.) and Mike Crapo ’77 (R-Idaho) both won re-election. The pair will re-join Harvard Law Professor Emerita Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as well as several fellow graduates in the U.S. Senate: Tom Cotton ’02 (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz ’95 (R-Texas), Tim Kaine ’83 (D-Va.), Jack Reed ’82 (D-R.I.), Mitt Romney J.D./M.B.A. ’75 (R-Utah), and Mark Warner ’80 (D-Va.).
In the Alaska Senate race, Harvard Law graduate and Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka ’02 is competing against incumbent Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Since no candidate won a majority of first-choice votes, the winner under Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system won’t be known until Nov. 23.
At least nine Harvard Law alumni will be returning to the U.S. House of Representatives: Adam Schiff ’85 (D-Calif.), Jamie Raskin ’87 (D-Md.), Joaquin Castro ’00 (D-Texas), Josh Gottheimer ’04 (D-N.J.), Raja Krishnamoorthi ’00 (D-Ill.), John Sarbanes ’88 (D-Md.), Terri Sewell ’92 (D-Ala.), Brad Sherman ’79 (D-Calif.), and Juan Vargas ’91 (D-Calif.). In addition, Katie Porter ’01 (D-Calif.) was leading in her race at the time of publication.
Glenn Ivey ’86 (D-Md.) will be joining Congress as a first-time representative after winning his race to replace Anthony Brown ’92 (D-Md.). Brown chose not to run for re-election in order to run for Maryland attorney general, a race he won on Tuesday. He is slated to become Maryland’s first Black attorney general.
Congressman Jim Cooper ’80 (D-Tenn.) chose not to run for re-election after his district was changed in the latest redistricting, while Antonio Delgado ’05 (D-N.Y.) stepped down from his congressional seat earlier this year in order to serve as New York’s lieutenant governor. Democratic candidate Josh Riley ’07 lost his race on Tuesday against a Republican challenger to lead Delgado’s former congressional district, which was also changed in the latest redistricting.
Recent Harvard Law graduate Cara Mund ’22 lost her bid as an Independent to unseat a Republican incumbent in North Dakota’s at-large district. House members Mondaire Jones ’13 (D-N.Y.) and Andy Levin ’94 (D-Mich.), who were also impacted by recent redistricting, will be leaving Congress after losing in primary races before Tuesday.
This article was first published on Nov. 10 and has been updated to reflect subsequent election results.