The Congressional Chicken Caucus will see few changes in its membership as a result of the November 4 elections. With voters deciding on all U.S. House of Representatives seats, nearly all House members that serve on the Congressional Chicken Caucus prevailed in their bids for re-election.
The bipartisan caucus, which was formed in 2012, has grown to 42 members. It is chaired by Reps. Sanford Bishop, D-Georgia, and Rick Crawford, R-Arkansas. Both will remain in the House as Bishop gathered more than 59 percent of the votes in his race, while Crawford received about 63.5 percent.
While Bishop will return, several of Georgia’s other members of the caucus will not. John Barrow was defeated by challenger Rick Allen and Jack Kingston lost his bid for re-election during an earlier primary. Also not returning will be Georgia’s Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.
California Congressman Jim Costa’s status remains unknown, as the results of the election for his district were too close to call as of the morning of November 5.
Several other Congressional Chicken Caucus members did not seek re-election. Those included Arkansas’ Tim Griffin, Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy and North Carolina’s Mike McIntyre.
Only some of the members of the nine-member Senate Chicken Caucus were up for re-election, depending on when their Senate terms expired. Co-chairman Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, won their races for re-election. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., lost his bid for re-election, while Mark Warner, D-Virginia, was in a race that was too close to call.
The Senate Chicken Caucus formed in 2013.Both nonpartisan groups were established to give the chicken industry a voice in Washington.