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New job for Rep. Michael McCaul in Congress

November 9, 2018

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul will return to Congress after winning his re-election bid but not to his powerful position as Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

McCaul received 154,652 votes compared to 142,511 for his opponent, Austin lawyer Mike Siegel. However, enough Democrats won in other races around the country to shift the balance of power in the House of Representatives from the GOP. Had he remained on the committee, McCaul would have become its most senior Republican — known as the Ranking Member.

However, he wouldn’t have returned to Homeland Security leadership in any case because of a GOP term limit rule. McCaul, first elected to the Texas 10th Congressional District in 2004, is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. A campaign official said he is currently “looking at leadership” positions there. He also was considered a potential Secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration.

In a statement released after the election, McCaul said he wanted to thank the people of the district for their “continued support and faith.”

“I am committed to finishing the work I have started in Congress to secure the border, combat human trafficking, fight childhood cancer, keep our country safe and stimulate job growth in Texas,” he said. “As a fourth generation Texan, it is my greatest honor to go to work every day to fight for your values in Washington.”

The Texas 10th District stretches from Austin to Katy, covering in part or whole nine counties in Texas. According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, McCaul received the most votes in eight of them. Only in Travis County did Siegel come out ahead — winning 80,424 to 30,820.

“We didn’t win but we sure did make some noise,” Siegel said on his campaign’s Facebook page. “We showed up for the Texas 10th and we planed seeds for a better future.”

mike.glenn@chron.com

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