Gephardt sees change in control of U.S. House

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt filed for re-election Monday with a prediction Democrats would regain a majority and make him speaker of the House.

Gephardt's filing in Jefferson City was sandwiched between those of two Republican colleagues -- Reps. Kenny Hulshof of Missouri's 9th District and Todd Akin of the 2nd District.

Gephardt predicted Democrats would take the six seats necessary to regain the House majority eight years after losing it to Republicans.

"I think we're going to win the House back, I really do," Gephardt said before filing for re-election in the St. Louis area's 3rd District.

Gephardt is seeking a 14th term.

He also has been mentioned as a possible 2004 presidential candidate, a scenario more likely if Democrats fail to regain the House this year.

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