House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saw her party’s lead shrink once again this week, as newly-elected Julie Letlow (R-LA) was sworn in Wednesday, leaving Democrats only six votes ahead of Republicans in the House.
Letlow won a March special election to gain the seat her late-husband Luke Letlow won in 2020. Her husband passed away in December from COVID-19 before being sworn in to Congress.
Julie Letlow won with 62 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election. The win added to recent growth among Republican women in Congress, now at 31.
Letlow is the first of at least three additional special elections for Congress taking place in 2021. On Apr. 24, Louisiana’s 2nd District will include a vote between two Democrats.
Troy Carter and Karen Peterson will face off to replace former Rep. Cedric Richmond. Richmond resigned to join the Biden administration as senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Liaison.
On May 1, a special election will be held in the 6th Congressional District of Texas. The seat will replace the position of Republican Rep. Ronald Wright, who died in February from COVID-19.
On June 1, a special election will be held in the 1st District of New Mexico held by Rep. Debra Haaland (D). Haaland left after being confirmed as interior secretary.
At least one additional special election will take place in Florida. Long-term Democrat Congressman Alcee Hastings passed away at 84 earlier this month.
The numerous special elections in 2021 add to Democrat concerns to retain control of Congress. Former President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders have already declared they will take back the House in the 2022 midterms.