Posted by: Scott | Sunday, June 17, 2007

Seniority, the U.S. Senate, and 2008

Lately there has been some discussion about Ray Hunkins and his commitment to not seek election in 2008. He’s the one that has gotten all the attention because he is a known figure after seeking the office of Governor in the last two gubernatorial elections.

I still maintain that it is the office holder’s prerogative whether or not to run, but the 2008 election did come up in the Park County GOP forum (I believe it was during introductory comments, which I didn’t take to many notes on since they mainly rehashed their application platforms).

There is an advantage to having someone run in ’08 that has been there, even for a mere 14 months (accounting for Wyoming’s August primary election). While a certain amount of seniority is lost for the season of being there by appointment, if the appointee is elected by the people in ’08, the appointee rises to the top of the freshman class of Senators that were elected in ’08, thus gaining some seniority.

For the time being, we’ll have to give Sen. Testor (D-MT) the joy of being #99 in the U.S. Senate, up from #100.



  1. I definitely value seniority, but at the same time, I don’t like whoever gets appointed thinking that they’re entitled to be re-elected in 2008 just because of 14 months seniority.

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