2004 United States 2008
United States House of Representatives elections, 2006
435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 4 non-voting members
November 7, 2006
Majority party Minority party
480px-John Boehner official portrait Nanci Pelosi (President McCain)
Leader John Boehner Nancy Pelosi
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Ohio-8th California 8th
Last election 232 seats, 53.3% 202 seats, 46.4
Seats won 255 176
Seat change +25 -25
Popular vote 42,082,311 35,674,808
Percentage 58.6% 40.1%
Swing +5.3% –6.3%
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  Republican hold
  Republican pickup
  Democratic hold
  Democratic pickup

Previous Speaker
Dennis Hastert

John Boehner

In the months before the election it appeared that the Republicans were set for modest gains in the upcoming midterms but after the successful impeachment and removal of President Blago from office served as a catalyst for a 25 seat gain for the Republicans.