New Congress, new opportunities

The 116th U.S. Congress provides a chance for dialogue about issues important to the roofing industry

Happy New Year! A new year brings new opportunities and challenges and, I hope, a renewed sense of promise for the future. A new year also brings change.

One change we are following is the new 116th U.S. Congress. This congress brings divided government for the first time in the Trump administration as Democrats swept into power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Looking at the election results, I was struck by a few things. Democrats surged in suburban congressional districts in an unprecedented fashion. More women than ever won elections, and now nearly 25 percent of the House of Representatives consists of female representation. Yet Republicans continue to do well in rural America. This reshaping of the electoral map certainly will affect future elections as Republicans try to figure out how to relate to suburbanites and female voters, and Democrats attempt to craft a strategy to touch rural ones. During the next few months, there will be more analysis as each political party seeks answers to the shifting electorate.