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Tom Downey was the youngest among the babies -- being age 25 upon his election, which is the minimum age one can serve at. Former Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) was also elected to Congress in this election cycle. In November 1974, Democrats picked up 49 seats in the House and 5 in the Senate. This group greatly increased the strength of Northerners and liberals in the House Democratic Caucus. They teamed up with some more senior liberals to strike a blow against the seniority system and overthrew three committee chairmen whom they viewed as too conservative and/or too old to represent the Democratic Party in these prominent positions: William Poage, Wright Patman and Edward Hebert.
Five of these Watergate Babies are current members of the U.S. Congress:
- First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974:
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- Sullivan, Joseph F. (September 14, 1980). "Maguire Faces Rerun Of Tight '78 Race". The New York Times: p. 46. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30D1FFA3E5C17728DDDAD0994D1405B8084F1D3. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- Miller, Judith (October 26, 1980). "Democrats Expected To Hold Their Majorities In Congress". The New York Times: p. 40. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60716F8395C17728DDDAF0A94D8415B8084F1D3. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
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- "Rebels of '94 and 'Watergate Babies' Similar In Class Size, Sense of Zeal" at All Politics CNN