JOHN JAMES IN 2024
Although Republican John James has just been in office in the U.S. House for a few months following his November 2022 victory in the 10th District (Sterling Heights, Warren and a small part of Oakland), national party bosses are putting him on the list with 18 other GOP members of the House as “vulnerable” in the election in 2024. Michigan Democratic Chair Lavora Barnes said in a statement that the party is “aggressively working to flip the 10th congressional district blue.” Some say that James’ 2024 narrow margin of victory – 1,600 votes or less than one percent – over Macomb Democrat Carl Marlinga is the main reason the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has put him among the endangered incumbents. And no one is forgetting his two unsuccessful runs for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and 2020. As an interesting side note, James is one of three on the NRCC list that are not being targeted by Emily’s List, an indication that not everyone thinks the congressman has a potential problem next year. In other John James news, the freshman House member is now a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus in D.C. The caucus was first formed in 2017 to give formal structure to a bi-partisan group in the House that seeks cooperation on issues. James will be in good company in this group. Now totaling 63 members (32 Democrats; 31 Republicans), the caucus includes the following Representatives (all Democrats) from Michigan: Debbie Dingell (6th District); Dan Kildee (8th); Elissa Slotkin (7th), Haley Stevens (11th) and Hillary Scholten (3rd).