John Hoeven

Clout for Maryland lawmakers in Congress slips after midterm elections

Republican gains in the midterm elections mean Maryland's Democrat-heavy congressional delegation will have far less clout when lawmakers gavel in a new Congress next year, casting doubt on prospects for a long list of state priorities from federal employee pay to environmental regulations that could affect the Chesapeake Bay.

The state's federal lawmakers — and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in particular — are also asserting a more active role in politics at home as Democrats try to regroup after the party's losses in the gubernatorial election. That effort has exposed fractures in the usually cohesive party.

Mikulski, who in 2016 will be the only...