EDWARD MARKEY (SEVENTH DISTRICT) How's this for election consequences: Markey will lose his position as chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, because Republicans are expected to dissolve it entirely. Markey is openly competing for ranking member (and thus likely future chair) of the Natural Resources Committee — a move that suggests he is thinking about still being in the House when Democrats regain control, and not planning to leave for a Senate campaign.

JOHN OLVER (FIRST DISTRICT) The 74-year-old congressman is always rumored to be retiring, but being thrust back into minority status could certainly help nudge him toward really doing it this time. Unfortunately for the rest of the delegation, Olver's retirement isn't helpful in solving the redistricting puzzle, since there is nobody who can plausibly envelop his Western Massachusetts district into their own.

READ: Minority Blues: What will Mass. Dems do in Boehner's House? By David S. Bernstein.

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