With his apparent victory last night and the departure of a few members in front of him, Democratic Rep. Bill Owens is in line for a leadership post on the Agriculture Committee.
He could be the ranking minority member of a subcommittee, potentially Conservation and Energy. Mr. Owens was first elected in 2009. He said he'd be happy with any slot he gets.
"I haven’t given that a lot of thought," Mr. Owens said. "I was so consumed by the activity of the last couple of months."
It's less clear whether he'll move up the leadership chain in the House Armed Services Committee, a much larger group of legislators.
When Congress gets back in session, one of the first major issues will be passing the farm bill.