The Green Papers
Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats
at the time of the 2016 General Election


Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats...
Open (incumbent not running for re-election)
No incumbent running
Uncontested (one candidate running)
Multiple incumbents running


 
IncumbentPartyOfficeReason for not seeking re-election
Alabama
Governor Robert J. BentleyRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Arizona
Congressman  Ann Leila KirkpatrickDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. 26 May 2015: Announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate Class 3 Seat in 2016.
Congressman  Matthew James "Matt" SalmonRepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 25 February 2016: Announced retirement.
California
Senator  Barbara BoxerDemocraticSenate Class 3Open Seat. Open Seat - 8 January 2015: Announced she will not run for re-election.
Governor  Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.DemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Sam FarrDemocraticHouse CD 20Open Seat. 12 November 2015: Announced retirement.
Congressman  Lois G. CappsDemocraticHouse CD 24Open Seat. 8 April 2015: Announced retirement.
Congressman  Xavier BecerraDemocraticHouse CD 34Open Seat. 7 June 2016 Primary.
1 December 2016: Nominated by Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (Democratic) for California Attorney General.
Congressman  Janice HahnDemocraticHouse CD 44Open Seat. 18 February 2015: Running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016.
Congressman  Loretta SanchezDemocraticHouse CD 46Open Seat. 12 May 2015: Running for the U.S. Senate Class 3 Seat in 2016.
Colorado
Governor John W. HickenlooperDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Delaware
Governor Jack A. MarkellDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  John Charles Carney, Jr.DemocraticHouse At-LargeOpen Seat. 16 September 2015: Announced he will run for Governor in 2016.
Florida
Governor  Richard L. "Rick" ScottRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Jefferson B. "Jeff" MillerRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 10 March 2016: Announced retirement.
Congressman  Gwendolyn "Gwen" GrahamDemocraticHouse CD 2Open Seat. 21 April 2016: Not running for re-election in 2016.
Congressman  Ander M. CrenshawRepublicanHouse CD 4Open Seat. 13 April 2016: Not seeking re-election.
Congressman Corrine BrownDemocraticHouse CD 5Lost Primary / No Longer Running. defeated in 30 August 2016 Primary
Congressman  Alan Mark GraysonDemocraticHouse CD 9Open Seat. 9 July 2015: Announced he is running for the U.S. Senate Class 3 Seat in 2016.
Congressman  Richard B. "Rich" NugentRepublicanHouse CD 11Open Seat. 2 November 2015: Announced retirement.
Congressman  Patrick Erin MurphyDemocraticHouse CD 18Open Seat. 23 March 2015: Announced run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Congressman  Curtis J. "Curt" ClawsonRepublicanHouse CD 19Open Seat. 19 May 2016: Not running for re-election.
Georgia
Governor John Nathan "Nathan" DealRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Lynn Acton WestmorelandRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 7 January 2016: Announced that he would not run for re-election.
Idaho
Governor C.L. "Butch" OtterRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. 14 October 2014: "Won't run for a fourth term" in 2018.
Illinois
Congressman L. Tammy DuckworthDemocraticHouse CD 8Open Seat. 27 March 2015: Running for US Senate Class 3 Seat in 2016.
Indiana
Senator Daniel Ray "Dan" CoatsRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat. 24 March 2015: Announced that he will not run for re-election.
Governor Michael R. "Mike" PenceRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. 3 May 2016 Renomination by Primary.
14 July 2016: Media reports indicate that Donald John Trump, Sr.- the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President when that Party's National Convention meets in Cleveland, Ohio next week- has chosen Governor Mike Pence [R-Indiana] to be his Vice President should Trump be elected President of the United States this coming Fall. Governor Pence has reportedly suspended his re-election campaign.
Congressman  Marlin A. StutzmanRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 9 May 2015: Declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat.
Congressman  Todd Christopher YoungRepublicanHouse CD 9Open Seat. 12 July 2015: Announced his candidacy for the Class 3 U.S. Senate seat.
Kansas
Governor  Samuel D. "Sam" BrownbackRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  Timothy A. "Tim" HuelskampRepublicanHouse CD 1Lost Primary / No Longer Running. defeated in 2 August 2016 Primary
Louisiana
Senator David B. VitterRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat. 21 January 2014: Announced he will run for Governor in 2015.
21 November 2015: Announced retirement after losing Governor's contest.
Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 23 November 2015: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016.
Congressman John Calvin Fleming, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 4Open Seat. 23 November 2015: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016.
Maine
Governor  Paul R. LePageRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Maryland
Senator Barbara A. MikulskiDemocraticSenate Class 3Open Seat. 2 March 2015: Announced retirement
Congressman Donna Fern EdwardsDemocraticHouse CD 4Open Seat. 10 March 2015: Announced candidacy for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat in 2016.
Congressman  Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr.DemocraticHouse CD 8Open Seat. 4 March 2015: Candidate for Senate Class 3 in 2016.
Michigan
Governor  Rick SnyderRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  Daniel J. "Dan" BenishekRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 15 September 2015: Announced that he would not seek re-election cited his 2010 pledge to only serve 3 terms.
Congressman  Candice S. MillerRepublicanHouse CD 10Open Seat. 5 March 2015: Announced retirement.
Minnesota
Governor Mark DaytonDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. 21 November 2016: Retiring at the end of his term.
Congressman  John Paul Kline, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 3 September 2015: Not seeking re-election.
Mississippi
Governor  Phil BryantRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit.
Missouri
Governor Jeremiah W. "Jay" NixonDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit.
Nebraska
Congressman  Adrian M. SmithRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 10 May 2016 Primary
Nevada
Senator  Harry Mason ReidDemocraticSenate Class 3Open Seat. 27 March 2015: Will not seek re-election in 2016.
Governor  Brian E. SandovalRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Joseph John "Joe" HeckRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 6 July 2015: Running for Class 3 Senate Seat in 2016.
New Hampshire
Governor Maggie HassanDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. 5 October 2015: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Class 3 Seat in 2016.
New Jersey
Governor Christopher J. "Chris" ChristieRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
New Mexico
Governor  Susana MartinezRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
New York
Congressman Steve J. IsraelDemocraticHouse CD 3Open Seat. 5 January 2016: Not a candidate for re-election.
Congressman  Charles B. "Charlie" RangelDemocraticHouse CD 13Open Seat. January 2015: Media reports indicate Congressman Rangel will not seek re-election.
Congressman Christopher Patrick "Chris" GibsonRepublicanHouse CD 19Open Seat. 6 January 2015: Announced retirement. "I thank the voters ... for this privilege to serve and pledge ... to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term." Mr. Gibson may run for a statewide office in 2018.
10 February 2016: Running for Governor in 2018.
2 May 2016: Announced he would not run for Governor in 2018.
Congressman Richard L. HannaRepublicanHouse CD 22Open Seat. 20 December 2015: Retiring at the end of his term.
North Carolina
Congressman Renee Louise EllmersRepublicanHouse CD 2Lost Primary / No Longer Running. lost in 7 June Primary
North Dakota
Governor Jack DalrympleRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. 24 August 2015: Governor Jack Dalrymple announces he will not run for re-election.
Ohio
Governor  John Richard KasichRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Oklahoma
Governor  Mary C. FallinRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Pennsylvania
Congressman Michael G. "Mike" FitzpatrickRepublicanHouse CD 8Open Seat. 6 November 2014: Announced he would retire at the end of his newly elected term-(that is, circa January 2017).
Congressman Joseph R. "Joe" PittsRepublicanHouse CD 16Open Seat. 6 November 2015: Announced retirement.
South Carolina
Governor  Nikki Randhawa HaleyRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
South Dakota
Governor  Dennis M. DaugaardRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Tennessee
Governor  William "Bill" HaslamRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Stephen Lee "Steve" FincherRepublicanHouse CD 8Open Seat. 1 February 2016: Retiring.
Texas
Congressman Rubén E. HinojosaDemocraticHouse CD 15Open Seat. 13 November 2016: Announced retirement.
Congressman Randy NeugebauerRepublicanHouse CD 19Open Seat. 17 September 2015: Announced retirement.
Vermont
Governor Peter ShumlinDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. 8 June 2015: "I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for a fourth term in 2016."
Virginia
Governor  Terry McAuliffeDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  Edward Scott "Scott" RigellRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 14 January 2016: Announced retirement.
Nominations-- Democrats will nominate by Primary. Republicans will nominate by Primary.
Congressman J. Randy ForbesRepublicanHouse CD 4Lost Primary / No Longer Running. as of 14 June 2016 Primary.
8 February 2016: Congressman Forbes is a candidate for re-election in the new CD # 2.
Nominations-- Democrats will nominate by Primary. Republicans will nominate by Primary.
Congressman  Robert HurtRepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 23 December 2015: Retiring.
Nominations-- Democrats will nominate by Convention. Republicans will nominate by Convention.
Washington
Congressman  James Adelbert "Jim" McDermottDemocraticHouse CD 7Open Seat. 4 January 2016: Announced retirement.
West Virginia
Governor Earl Ray TomblinDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Wisconsin
Congressman Reid J. RibbleRepublicanHouse CD 8Open Seat. 30 January 2016: Retiring.
Wyoming
Congressman Cynthia Marie LummisRepublicanHouse At-LargeOpen Seat. 12 November 2016: Announced retirement.
 
 
Tally
OfficeReason for Open Chair or Seat
Term LimitVoluntaryLost PrimaryTotal
GovernorRepublican153018
Democratic6309
CongressmanDemocratic017118
Republican025328
SenatorDemocratic0303
Republican0202
Totals2153478
 
 

Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

 


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