Blue Dog and cap-and-trade backer Baron Hill loses

Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) — a conservative Blue Dog Democrat and supporter of last year’s House cap-and-trade bill — has lost his reelection fight to Republican attorney Todd Young.
 
Hill had to defend several votes he took this Congress — including supporting the cap-and-trade, healthcare reform, stimulus and auto-industry bailout measures.

He was nevertheless seen as a potential centrist Democratic swing vote on the House Energy and Commerce Committee if Republicans take over.

Hill served five terms in the House. That included the last two Congresses after he lost to Republican Mike Sodrel in 2004 after serving three consecutive terms dating back to 1999 in a Republican-leaning district.

Young consistently reminded voters that Hill supported President Obama's healthcare and economic stimulus plans.