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As many Americans returned to work following the holiday break, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten is in Washington waiting to see how Republicans will settle their fight over the House speakership.
It’s a strange moment for Casten. Starting his third term representing Illinois’ 6th District in the west and southwest suburbs, he’s perhaps more politically secure than ever.
The 54.4% of the vote he received in winning the November general election over Republican Keith Pekau is the most he’s gotten in his three general election races, with newly designed boundaries that could set him up for electoral success over the next decade.
But this will be Casten’s first term in Congress with the GOP holding the House majority. That means Democratic goals — and the environmental bills Casten in particular has tried to advance while Democrat Nancy Pelosi was speaker — will be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.
Casten is in for a new reality in the minority.
Read the full story from the Tribune’s John Byrne.
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