Wednesday, November 19, 2014

House Elects Leadership and Committee Heads

Drew Thies

The House voted this week to elect its parties’ leadership and committee heads this week, with every member running for reelection winning their race.

The top two members of each party—reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the Republicans and reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for the Democrats—will remain the same in the 114th Congress. Boehner, however, still faces a vote for Speaker of the House upcoming in January when the new session begins.

The retirements of Reps. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) opens up top spots on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, respectively. 

The race for the top Democratic seat on the Energy and Commerce committee was tightly contested, where Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) ran against Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). Pallone is more senior on the committee but Eshoo was backed vocally by Leader Pelosi. In party elections today, Pallone edged out Eshoo by a vote of 100-90 among chamber Democrats.

Republicans elected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to take the gavel at the head of the Ways and Means committee, a move many expected would happen.

Returning chairs and ranking members kept their spot on the two committees. Rep. Frank Upton (R-MI) remains the Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Rep. Sander Leven (D-MI) will continue his tenure as the Ranking Member on Ways and Means.

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