Christopher Van Hollen M.P.P. ’85 will join Harvard Kennedy School alumnus Jack Reed M.P.P. ’73 (Rhode Island) in the U.S. Senate next January after winning the seat of retiring Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. Van Hollen served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives after 12 years in the Maryland General Assembly. He has called for improving education, expanding the economy, and election reform.

Van Hollen and members of the 115th Congress will face many difficult challenges during the next two years as a new presidential administration assumes power. He joins 25 other HKS degree-program and executive education alumni who won election. (Michigan’s long-serving Congressman Sander Levin, a former IOP Fellow, was also reelected.)

Katherine M. Clark M.P.A. ’97, Stephen F. Lynch M.P.A. ’99, and Seth Moulton M,P,A, ’11 were all reelected in Massachusetts. They join 19 other HKS alumni who were reelected around the country, including Raul Ruiz M.P.P. ’01. Several new House members will be sworn into office in January, including Salud Carbajal HKSEE ’13 (California) and Thomas O’Halleran HKSEE ’05 (Arizona).

Kate Brown HKSEE ’98 was elected governor of Oregon. Brown, who assumed the Oregon governor’s office in February 2015 after her predecessor resigned because of a scandal, became the first openly LGBT candidate to win a gubernatorial race.