Mississippi Valley

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Mississippi Valley
Capital Jefferson City
Largest city Minneapolis
Regions States
Mid West Minnesota
Iowa
Missouri
Gulf Coast Arkansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Area 
 - Total 366,493 sq mi
948,628km²
Population  Ranked 6th
 - Total 23,715,930
Governor Theo McGregor (D)
U.S. Senators
 - Midwest Alyssa Cauthon (R-MO)
Ron Casey (R-MO)
 - Gulf Coast Red Blanchard (D-LA)
Evelyn Breaux (D-LA)
Abbreviation MSV
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The Mississippi Valley is a superregion consisting of the regions of the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. It consists of the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi., and stretches from Canada's southern boarder (at western Ontario) in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the South. It shares a boarder with the superregions of the Heartlands, and Dixie on the east, and Big Sky Country, and the Sunbelt in the west. It is named after the Mississippi River.


Contents

Adjacent Superregions

East: Heartlands, Dixie

West: Big Sky Country, Sunbelt

Politics

The Mississippi Valley is known as one of several swing regions in the country. In other words, both Democrats and Republicans have an equal chance of getting elected. However, the superregion, and both regions, lean slightly in favor of Democrats. Both the Midwest and the Gulf Coast, traditionally has one senator from each party representing them. However, that changed in 2016 when the Midwest elected two Republican senators (Andrew Graham, and Ron Casey, and the Gulf Coast elected Democrat Evelyn Breaux to serve alongside fellow Democrat Red Blanchard. On a superregional level, there have been two Democratic governors (Carter Glass (2009-2013), and Johnny Green (2013-2015)) who have served for a total of six years, and one Republican governor (Brian Murphy)who has served for two years, but was reelected to a full four year term in 2016.


Governors

Note: The Governor information is not complete: Missing Legislative Leaders, Legislative Breakdowns, and Lieutenant Governor names.

Year Governor Lt. Governor Legislature
Name Party State Name Party State GOP DNC Maj. Leader Min. Leader
2009 Carter Glass Democrat Louisiana
2010
2011
2012
2013 Johnny Green Democrat Iowa
2014
2015 Brian Murphy Republican Louisiana
2016
2017
2018
2019 Roberta Christmas Republican Minnesota Tim Hatzopoulos Republican Missouri
2020 J.D. Comfort Independent


Senators
Year Pennsylvania Atlantic Seaboard
Class 1 Class 2 Class 2 Class 3
2008 Kathryn Spencer
(D-PA)
David Gamble
(R-PA)2
Vincent Giorelli
(D-NJ)
Vacant
2009 Evangeline Heaton
(I-NJ)3
2010
2011 Kathryn Spencer
(D-PA)
Samuel Clay
(R-PA)A
2012
2013 Samuel Clay
(R-PA)
Vincent Giorelli
(D-NJ)
Grace Straka
(D-NJ)X
2014
2015 Grace Straka
(D-NJ)
2016

Footnotes

  • 1 Robert Cunningham was recalled from office in early 2011.
  • 2 Resigned 2011 after being elected Governor.
  • 3 National Equality Party; caucused with the Democrats; resigned late 2012.
  • A Appointed to the remainder of a predecessor's term
  • X Elected to fill a vacancy for the remainder of a predecessor's term.

Senators

Mississippi Valley Senators
Year Midwest Year Gulf Coast Year
Class 1 Class 2 Class 1 Class 2
2008 - James Dailey
(D-MN)
Joseph Cahill
(R-MN)
- 2008 - Preston Caldwell
(D-AR)
James MacGillicutty
(R-LA)
- 2008
2009 2009 2009
Red Blanchard
(D-LA)
2010 2010 2010
2011 - 2011 - Brian Murphy
(R-LA)
2011
2012 2012 2012
2013 - 2013 Red Blanchard
(D-LA)
- 2013
2014 2014 2014
2015 2015 James MacGillicutty
(R-LA)
2015
2016 2016 2016
2017 - Ron Casey
(R-MO)
Andrew Graham
(R-MN)
2017 - Evelyn Breaux
(D-LA)
2017
2018 2018 2018
2019 - 2019 - 2019
2020 2020 2020
Alyson Cauthon
(R-MO)
2021 2021 Jason Richards
(D-LA)
2021
2022 Ellis Dailey
(D-MN)
2022 2022
2023 - 2023 - David Tyler
(R-LA)
2023
2024 Adam Jackson
(D-MN)
2024 2024
2025 Daniel Perogo
(D-MN)
- 2025 - 2025
2026 2026 2026

Footnotes

  • 1Seat declared vacant in 2010
  • 2Declined to run for reelection in 2012
  • 3Resigned in January 2015 to take office as governor of the MSV
  • 4 Seat declared vacant, special election held in 2016
  • 5Appointed for the remained of Murphy's term
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