Why is Beto O’Rourke still a US Representative despite not running for re-election to the House?

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O’Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn’t he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he automatically keep his previous post?

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    Note that Congresspersons who ran for re-election and lost haven’t left yet, either.
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    Dec 17 at 0:30

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O’Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn’t he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he automatically keep his previous post?

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    Note that Congresspersons who ran for re-election and lost haven’t left yet, either.
    – Ben Voigt
    Dec 17 at 0:30

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O’Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn’t he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he automatically keep his previous post?

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O’Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn’t he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he automatically keep his previous post?

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    Note that Congresspersons who ran for re-election and lost haven’t left yet, either.
    – Ben Voigt
    Dec 17 at 0:30

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    Note that Congresspersons who ran for re-election and lost haven’t left yet, either.
    – Ben Voigt
    Dec 17 at 0:30

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Note that Congresspersons who ran for re-election and lost haven’t left yet, either.
– Ben Voigt
Dec 17 at 0:30

Note that Congresspersons who ran for re-election and lost haven’t left yet, either.
– Ben Voigt
Dec 17 at 0:30

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His current term to the US House has not ended yet; it ends on January 3, 2019, which is the start of the next Congress. This is mandated in the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Section 1.

…, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

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    Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
    – DJohnM
    Dec 16 at 23:12

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    @DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
    – JAD
    Dec 17 at 8:40

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His current term to the US House has not ended yet; it ends on January 3, 2019, which is the start of the next Congress. This is mandated in the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Section 1.

…, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

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    Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
    – DJohnM
    Dec 16 at 23:12

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    @DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
    – JAD
    Dec 17 at 8:40

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His current term to the US House has not ended yet; it ends on January 3, 2019, which is the start of the next Congress. This is mandated in the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Section 1.

…, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

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    Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
    – DJohnM
    Dec 16 at 23:12

  • 3

    @DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
    – JAD
    Dec 17 at 8:40

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His current term to the US House has not ended yet; it ends on January 3, 2019, which is the start of the next Congress. This is mandated in the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Section 1.

…, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

share|improve this answer

His current term to the US House has not ended yet; it ends on January 3, 2019, which is the start of the next Congress. This is mandated in the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Section 1.

…, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

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    Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
    – DJohnM
    Dec 16 at 23:12

  • 3

    @DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
    – JAD
    Dec 17 at 8:40

  • 4

    Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
    – DJohnM
    Dec 16 at 23:12

  • 3

    @DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
    – JAD
    Dec 17 at 8:40

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Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
– DJohnM
Dec 16 at 23:12

Another effect: until Jan 3, Paul Ryan is still third in line of succession to the Presidency – Trump, Pence, Ryan…
– DJohnM
Dec 16 at 23:12

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@DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
– JAD
Dec 17 at 8:40

@DJohnM wouldn’t that make him second, seeing as Trump is actively presidenting, so not in line himself?
– JAD
Dec 17 at 8:40

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