Rep. Jerry Nadler
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Midterm Election Results: How Music Champions Faired At The Polls
As the country continues to get results from the 2018 Midterm Elections that took place on Nov. 6., it is clear that the elections have resulted in some historic wins and changes to how the country will be governed for at least two more years, namely the Democratic Party's majority win in the House of Representatives, but also some key wins for music creators.
It is estimated (though it will take more time for exact numbers) that 114 million ballots decided leadership races at the local, state and national level. In the Senate, the Republican Party expanded its majority by gaining at least two seats, while the House of Representatives will change to a Democratic majority with at least 220 seats, surpassing the threshold majority amount of 218.
Across the country, there were a number of key races involving lawmakers associated with music policy. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who worked on the recently passed Music Modernization Act and lead co-sponsor of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, won her race to move up to the Senate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead co-sponsor of the AMP Act, won re-election.
Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) will continue to serve in the House and will likely be elected as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Nadler has been a key advocate for creator's rights on Capitol Hill on a number of issues. 2018 GRAMMYs on the Hill honoree Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a champion of the Music Modernization Act, is expected to seek the ranking member position on the committee. A number of other prominent music champions who won re-election, like Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.), are also considering leadership roles in the new Congress.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.), co-chair of the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus, has announced his bid for Minority Leader. Fellow co-chair Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will seek to become the new Majority Leader. One interesting note is that every member of the Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus who ran for re-election won.These big wins for the music community will go a long way to ensure that music creators continue to be heard and represented on Capitol Hill. Stay tuned for more details on how the Midterm Elections played out and what impact the results will have on music creators.