The Congressional Boating Caucus suffered relatively light losses in this week's midterm elections, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports.
The Senate Boating Caucus, chaired by Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., lost two members because of retirements - Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. No sitting Senate Boating Caucus member lost election.
Three members of the House Boating Caucus were elected to the Senate - Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mark Kirk, R-Ill. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., which means that the Senate Boating Caucus nets one additional member, bringing its total to 22 - 15 Republicans and seven Democrats.
The House Boating Caucus lost 20 members - 15 Democrats and five Republicans. In a surprising outcome, longtime Boating Caucus co-chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., lost his election. The House Boating Caucus totals 96 members - 55 Republicans and 41 Democrats.
The Congressional Boating Caucus was formed by the NMMA in 1989 to be an advocate for the recreational marine industry.