On Sunday, GOP Rep. Ron Wright (TX-06), who had battled lung cancer the last few years, passed away two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Wright had been elected to Congress in 2018, succeeding his former boss, GOP Rep. Joe Barton, with help from the Club for Growth. Wright had also been one of the lower-profile members of the House Freedom Caucus.

This week, New York's 22nd CD is slated to be certified in favor of Republican Claudia Tenney by 109 votes following lengthy court proceedings — making the final result of 2020's House elections 222 Democrats and 213 Republicans. All told, Republicans came within 31,751 votes of winning the majority, and in a House this closely divided, every vote and vacancy matters.

With the passing of Wright and GOP Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (LA-05) and Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02) to join the Biden administration, the current House count is 221 Democrats and 210 Republicans. But Tenney will be sworn in soon, and Democratic Reps. Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Marcia Fudge (OH-11) could be confirmed to cabinet posts soon.


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