November 9, 2016 Election Update

We clearly witnessed a game-changing election last night. Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College, while she held a slight lead in the popular vote. Secretary Clinton offered her concession today and offered to work with the Trump Administration. 

The House and Senate remain in Republican control, but it is slightly more evenly divided (see chart below). The New Hampshire race is still yet to be decided, but Governor Maggie Hassan, a Northeastern Law School alumna, holds a slight lead and has declared victory.

PRESIDENTIAL

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

POPULAR VOTE

Trump

279*

47.5%

Clinton

228

47.7%

*At the time of this writing, Arizona (11 electoral votes), Michigan (16), and New Hampshire (4) have not been confirmed. 

SENATE

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

INDEPENDENTS

45          

51          

2

HOUSE

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

INDEPENDENTS

193

238*

0

*At the time of this writing, 4 races have not yet been called in the House and 2 in the Senate.

Higher Education Agenda

Northeastern will engage with the new administration on issues of education policy and federal research funding. President-elect Trump has not outlined a detailed agenda in regards to higher education or federal research funding. Despite the great deal of uncertainly around Mr. Trump’s platform, he did lay out some higher education policy priorities in an October speech. He spoke about the need to address student loan debt, holding institutions of higher education “accountable” for tuition costs, ending tax-exempt status for colleges with large endowments, and privatizing student loans. At the same time, he plans to focus the regulatory burden for research universities. It will take some months for his agenda to be fully fleshed out and for cabinet members to be vetted.

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Congressional delegation will not change. Each member won re-election (the Massachusetts senators were not up for reelection this term). The delegation will obviously continue to be in the minority in the House, but many of them are on key committees of importance to higher education and research. 

North Carolina, Washington State, and California

Northeastern also engages with those members of Congress who represent our regional campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, and Silicon Valley.

In North Carolina, Senator Richard Burr (R) won reelection. Senator Burr sits on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Education. On the House side, the incumbents will all retain their seats, including Alma Adams who represents Charlotte, where our regional campus is based. She sits on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Senator Patty Murray in Washington State won reelection. She is the ranking minority member of the Senate HELP Committee. The only change to the House delegation in Washington was in the 7th district, where our Northeastern regional campus sits. With the retirement of long time member Jim McDermott (D), Pramila Jayapal (D) will take his seat. Jayapal has served in the Washington State legislature. She was born in India and came to the U.S. when she was a teenager. After attending Georgetown University, she worked on Wall Street and earned her MBA from Northwestern University. She has been focused on women, immigrant, civil, and human rights.

In California, State Attorney General Kamala Harris will succeed Senator Barbara Boxer who is retiring. She focused on issues related to K-12 education, policing reforms, and reducing recidivism. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) will continue to represent the congressional district where our regional campus is located.

What’s Next

With both the House and Senate remaining in Republican control, there is not likely to be major changes to the leadership structure. There will, however, be some movement at the committee level.

The Congress will return next week for what is called a “lame duck” session. They are under a December 9th deadline to either pass the Appropriations bills, which fund the federal government, or pass another Continuing Resolution to keep the government open until sometime next year. It is not clear yet what the Congress will be able to accomplish in the next month. We will be urging them to pass the Appropriations bills, some of which include funding priorities for Northeastern.