Friends of Guam Lose Power Now That Republicans Have Won Control of U.S. House


Guam – Tuesday’s election on the mainland cost Guam 2 of its Congressional friends and supporters in the U.S. House of Representative. And the outcome will also cost Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo her Chairmanship of  a Natural Resources SubCommittee

The Republican gains have given the GOP control of the House and Committee Chairs will be filed by Republicans now.

Among the friends of Guam who have lost power are Representative Ike Skelton, a 34-year incumbent and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He lost his central Missouri seat despite a reputation as a conservative Democrat who won millions for his district’s two military bases.

Skelton was last on Guam in February of 2009 with a high level Congressional delegation led by Guam Delegate Madelline Bordallo.

West Virgina Representative Nick Rahall did win re-election, but with Republican control of the House, Rahall will no longer be Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, and that also means that Guam Delegate Madelline Bordallo will no longer be Chair of the  Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife.