Maude's friend Irene, a US Congresswoman, has died, Maude feels bereft. She's also sad, knowing Arthur, Vivian, Carol & Phillip are moving. Maude decides to run for the open position caused by Irene's death, and ends up appointed instead.
Did You Know?
At the end of the episode it is stated that the Governor is appointing Maude to a House seat instead of calling for a special election. This is not correct (though it could be for a Senate seat). Seats in the House of Representatives can only be filled with a special election (or possibly, depending on when the vacancy occurs, be held open until the next general election). See more