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Sen.-elect Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer of the tea party-backed 2010 House GOP freshmen who sought re-election. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senates most pragmatic lawmakers in both parties, nearly half the Houses centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans.