With the 2016 Presidential Election dominating political news for more than a year, it was easy to miss the important races at the state level—races that often have a far more direct impact on our clients' businesses and everyday life.
What follows is a brief summary of the most important races and changes that occurred. Over the next few days, we will be working on a more comprehensive piece that will analyze what a Trump presidency, Republican-controlled Congress, and the changes at the state level will mean for businesses in a myriad of industries, including technology, finance, and energy. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the Orrick state public policy team at [email protected] if you have any questions about what election night means for you and your business.
Republicans made gains in statewide offices, winning in three Governor's races in states that were controlled by Democrats (Vermont, New Hampshire and Missouri) and flipping two Attorney General offices (Missouri, and New Hampshire where the Governor appoints).
Republicans also gained complete control of two state legislatures, Kentucky (State House was controlled by Democrats) and Iowa (State Senate was controlled by Democrats), and according to our sources on the ground, are poised to take control of both chambers in Minnesota.
Democrats gained complete control of two state legislatures, Nevada (both houses were controlled by Republicans) and New Mexico (State House was controlled by Republicans).