Art of the congressional comeback: Ex-lawmakers are having better luck than usual in return bids

WEST COVINA, California — Gil Cisneros’s good luck is back.

The California Democrat, previously a House member for a single, two-year term, is on track to return to Congress. Cisneros is among six former House members seeking, or having sought, a comeback in 2024. And so far, their record is 2-0.

It’s unclear how many other would-be return lawmakers make it back to Capitol Hill in the 2024 cycle. But their efforts are turning out well so far compared to prior election cycles, when many former lawmakers have lost, finding out the hard way voters meant it when they were sent packing.

Cisneros finished first in the March 5 all-party primary for the open eastern San Gabriel Valley 31st Congressional District seat. The district, east of downtown Los Angeles, includes a swath of medium-sized cities like Azusa, Covina, and West
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