Donald Trump will enter the presidency with control of the Senate, House, most of the country's governorships belonging to the GOP and his pick of a Supreme Court Justice
President-elect Donald Trump is ascending to the presidency with a uniquely consolidated power base.
Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, 239-192; the Senate, 51-47, and most of the country’s governorships (at least 33 states).
He also enters office with a pick for the Supreme Court, and he’s stated that he will draw his nominee from a list of 20 judges and one senator (Mike Lee of Utah), all of whom are more conservative than Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the Court’s longest-serving justice.
So again, this is kind of a precedent-setting moment: The last time Republicans controlled both the executive and legislative branches of government was 2007, per Vox, though two (vastly different) sources have suggested that this kind of consolidated power may date back even further.
Both CBS and Fortune corroborate that date: The last time Republicans held the White House, Senate and House of Representatives was in 1928, when Herbert Hoover beat Al Smith for the presidency. This is also the GOP’s largest majority in the House since that year.
That said, much of Trump’s campaign promises can be achieved solely through executive action: “He’s going to try to start with a bang by taking as much of Obama off the books with a stroke of his pen as he possibly can,” Brookings Senior Fellow William Galston told NBC. “Then it gets tougher.”
Trump will also likely be joined by a coterie of like-minded appointees: His transition team has floated former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a possible attorney general, Newt Gingrich as secretary of state and Republican National Convention Chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff.
Given Trump’s business-oriented approach to changing sides on various issues, it’s hard to accurately predict what policy changes will sweep the nation after his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. But one thing is for sure: He has the infrastructure beneath him to accomplish a lot.