Math: More Accountants Headed to Congress

Katie Pavlich

11/15/2012 12:00:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Although last week's election seemed like the end of common sense when it comes to fiscal policy, there is a silver lining. More certified public accountants are headed to Congress and the ones who were already there, are staying.

All eight CPAs currently in the House won re-election, according to the Journal of Accountancy, including John Campbell, R-Calif., Mike Conaway, R-Texas, Bill Flores, R-Texas, Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Collin Peterson, D-Minn., James Renacci, R-Ohio, and Brad Sherman, D-Calif. Several of them won re-election after fierce contests in recently redrawn congressional districts.

Joining them next year will be two more newly elected CPAs in the House: Tom Rice, R-S.C., and Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., although the results of Murphy’s election are still being contested by incumbent Allen West.

Now if only we could get more people with business degrees or experience to Congress.