Of the 10 alumni competing in November’s congressional elections, two newcomers and four incumbents won. Texas Republican TED CRUZ ’92, right, a former state solicitor general and Tea Party favorite in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, defeated Democrat Paul Sadler. The Austin American-Statesman called Cruz “a rising national star in his party.” ... DEREK KILMER ’96, a Democratic state senator and former state representative, won Washington state’s 6th Congressional District seat by defeating Republican Bill Driscoll. ... Republican LEONARD LANCE *82 retained his seat in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, defeating Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula. Lance served in the state assembly for most of the 1990s and spent 2001 to 2007 in the state senate. ... Democrat JARED SCHUTZ POLIS ’96 earned his third term as the representative from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating Republican state Sen. Kevin Lundberg. A former Web entrepreneur, Polis has been a prominent education advocate.
JOHN SARBANES ’84, left, a Democrat, was elected to a fourth term as the representative from Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. Sarbanes’ time on Capitol Hill began in 2007, just as his father, Paul ’54, was ending three decades as a U.S. senator. ... Democrat TERRI SEWELL ’86 defeated Republican challenger Don Chamberlain and will continue to represent Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. In 2010 Sewell became the first black woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Alabama. ... After narrowly losing to Democrat Tim Bishop in 2010, RANDY ALTSCHULER ’93, a Republican, tried again, challenging Bishop in New York’s 1st Congressional District. He lost another close race. ... Republican RICKY GILL ’09, a law school graduate, lost to Rep. Jerry McNerney, a three-term Democratic incumbent who moved to California’s newly drawn 9th Congressional District. ... Republican NAN HAYWORTH ’81 lost to Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in New York’s 18th Congressional District. An ophthalmologist who entered politics in 2010, Hayworth served one term representing New York’s 19th Congressional District before running in the re-drawn 18th. ... HAYDEN ROGERS ’95, a Democrat from North Carolina, was chief of staff for Rep. Heath Shuler; when Shuler decided not to run for re-election, Rogers made his own bid for the job. But he lost in the general election to Republican Mark Meadows.