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2009 United States House of Representatives elections

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There were five special elections in 2009 to fill vacant seats in the United States House of Representatives.

One seat has switched parties, from Republican to Democratic, as the result of a special election.


Elections are listed by date and district.

District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
New York 20 Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned January 26, 2009 to become U.S. senator.
New member elected March 31, 2009.
Democratic hold.
Illinois 5 Rahm Emanuel Democratic [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned January 2, 2009 to become White House Chief of Staff.
New member elected April 4, 2009.
Democratic hold.
California 32 Hilda Solis Democratic [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned February 24, 2009, to become U.S. Secretary of Labor.
New member elected July 14, 2009.
Democratic hold.
California 10 Ellen Tauscher Democratic [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned June 26, 2009, to become U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.
New member elected November 3, 2009.
Democratic hold.
New York 23 John M. McHugh Republican [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned September 21, 2009, to become U.S. Secretary of the Army.
New member elected November 3, 2009.
Democratic gain.

California's 10th congressional district

On June 26, 2009, Democrat Ellen Tauscher resigned to become Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Democrat John Garamendi held the seat for the Democrats on November 3, 2009, defeating Republican David Harmer.

California's 32nd congressional district

On February 24, 2009, Democrat Hilda Solis resigned to become United States Secretary of Labor. Judy Chu, also a Democrat, won the election, defeating Republican Betty Chu by a wide margin.[1]

Illinois's 5th congressional district

On January 2, 2009, Democrat Rahm Emanuel resigned one day before the end of the previous Congress after being named White House Chief of Staff. Democrat Michael Quigley won the election April 7, 2009 election to replace him, handily defeating Republican Rosanna Pulido with better than a two-to-one share of the vote.

New York's 20th congressional district

On January 26, 2009, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand resigned when appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat. Scott Murphy, a fellow Democrat, won the election held March 31, 2009, defeating Republican Jim Tedisco by fewer than 700 votes. Because of the slim margin, Tedisco did not concede the race until more than three weeks later, when overseas ballots had been counted.

New York's 23rd congressional district

On September 21, 2009, Republican John M. McHugh resigned to become United States Secretary of the Army.[2] On November 3, 2009, Democrat Bill Owens defeated Conservative Doug Hoffman and Republican Dede Scozzafava in a race that garnered considerable press attention. Days before the election, Scozzafava dropped out of the race, then endorsed the Owens, the Democrat.[3]


  1. ^ "Democrat claims US House seat in Calif". The Washington Post. July 14, 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ Weiner, Mark (September 16, 2009). "Rep. John McHugh is confirmed as Secretary of the Army". Syracuse Post-Standard.
  3. ^ "Scozzafava Backs Ownes, Stuns GOP: Lifelong Republican throws support to former Democratic rival". Watertown Daily Times. November 1, 2009. Archived from the original on November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2009.

See also

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