Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, BA, 1985
Running for reelection in Virginia’s 7th district
The 12-year House veteran, and the only Jewish House Republican, has been a standout voice of opposition against President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda. This is the first election in which Cantor has faced a challenger since 2002.
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, MPA, 1996
Running as challenger in Nevada’s 1st district
The Republican political novice is a longshot to defeat a Democratic favorite, but hopes his plans to help the district’s ailing housing market can help lead to an upset. He won the Republican primary in June.
Rep. John J. Duncan, R-Tenn.
GW Law School, JD, 1973
Running for reelection in Tennessee’s 2nd district
Jimmy Duncan’s popularity will likely lead him to an easy win for a 24th year in Congress. Though he was one of only six Republicans to vote against war in Iraq, Duncan has been a reliable conservative vote, with solid National Rifle Association and values voting records.
Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas
Elliott School of International Affairs, MS, 1974
Running for reelection in Texas’ 3rd distric
The 82-year old served nearly three decades in the U.S. Air Force and endured seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He’s served 21 years in the House, where’s he had one of the most conservative voting records, and is running unopposed this year.
Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, BA, 1981
Running for reelection in New York’s 3rd district
Israel serves as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and has been a staunch advocate of Israel – the country – in his dozen years in the House. He will likely win reelection against Republican Stephen Labate.
Elliott School of International Affairs, MS, 1992
Running as a challenger in Illinois’ 8th district
An veteran who lost her legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq, Duckworth has been one of this election cycle’s most inspiring stories. Duckworth, a Democrat, held a 10-point lead over Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., according to a Chicago Tribune poll last week.
Rep. Donna Christensen, D-VI
School of Medicine and Health Sciences, MD, 1970
Running for reelection in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Christensen has held the non-voting delegate position for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the House since 1994. She was the first-ever delegate to Congress to earn a seat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, BA, 1997
Running as challenger in Mississippi’s 1st district
Morris, a Democrat, is trying to ride his advocacy for the middle class to a seat in the House. After cruising to an unopposed Democratic nomination, he’s running close in the polls with incumbent Rep. Alan Nunnelee.
Pedro Pierluisi, D-PR
GW Law School, JD, 1984
Running for reelection as the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico
A Democrat and the sole representative of Puerto Rico to Congress, Pierluisi has spent his four years in office pushing for reforms in areas like crime and healthcare.