Republicans Capture House Majority
The Republican Party surged to victory in the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections in the U.S., with the GOP capturing a majority in the House but failing to overturn the Democratic majority in the Senate. Politicians associated with the CE industry posted mixed results on election night.
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, a Republican, was defeated in the California U.S. Senate race, while former eBay CEO Meg Whitman also went down to defeat in the California governors' race. But Rep. Darrell Issa, the founder of Directed Electronics and a past chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, was expected to easily gain re-election, and is said to be in line for a prominent role as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
In other races, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), an elected official long associated with the consumer electronics industry on issues such as copyright law and the DTV transition, was defeated for re-election after 18 years in Congress. Democratic Rep. Bill Foster of Illinois, who cofounded Electronic Theatre Controls, was defeated as well. And Randy Altschuler, who founded electronics recycling company CloudBlue, narrowly lost to incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in the Congressional race in New York's 1st district.