Congressman Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district, who was just re-elected to his second term, has yet to experience being a member of the minority party in Congress.
Based on how well Democrats are beating expectations, he may not have to learn anytime soon.
“Nationally, it was about voters rejecting extremism,” Auchincloss said during a recent appearance on WBSM. south coast tonight. “The Democrats have far exceeded historical trends.”
Auchincloss noted that since the Great Depression, the party holding the presidency has lost an average of 28 seats in midterm election cycles. Democrats are poised to lose well below those totals and have a chance to retain both houses of Congress.
Auchincloss attributes the Democrats’ strong mid-term performance to adopting more moderate stances while creating stark contrasts with their Republican counterparts.
Auchincloss posted: “The difference was one: Democrats fielded very strong candidates who were genuine in their constituencies and who moved away from the far left, outside of dominant positions, especially crime and who focused on cutting costs. And two: which drew a stark contrast to Republicans who have really extreme positions, including on democracy and a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions.”
Auchincloss quickly built a national profile during its first year. He was named to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure that helped draft the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and other key pieces of legislation on President Biden’s agenda, he was named Vice Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Chamber on Financial Services, and he was a outspoken member of Congress on major foreign policy discussions such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The first-term congressman was also the only member of the Massachusetts federal delegation to run unopposed in the primary or general elections. Auchincloss, however, does not consider whether or not he drew an opponent as a barometer of success or failure.
“I represent 800,000 people and what any of them might decide to do or not do in any given (election) cycle is out of my control,” he said.
Auchincloss said what he can control is whether or not he does what he identifies as his three main duties as a congressman.
The former uses her voice and vote to represent her constituents on important national issues like protecting democracy and women’s right to choose.
The second is to deliver for his district, which includes funding projects for public works, climate action, healthcare and other essential services.
The third is to provide exceptional services to voters, such as helping residents of his district access federal government services, such as securing passports and Social Security checks.
“I think we did a good job on those three points in my first term,” Auchincloss said. “And I think with a great team around me, I authentically represented people’s values on the momentous issues of the day, advanced their priorities and made sure we provided services to constituents. solid.”
Auchincloss also spoke about some of the major events in his district, such as the President Biden’s visita housing forum he hosted in Attleboro, a climate summit he hosted in his hometown of Newton, and his commitment to holding small group discussions throughout CD-4 to ensure that he understands the needs of his constituents.
Listen to Marcus Ferro’s full discussion with Congressman Jake Auchincloss on WBSM’s SouthCoast Tonight