When Congress comes back after the Christmas break, Democrats will be in the majority for the first time in a dozen years. And that means more than just Nancy Pelosi taking the Speaker’s gavel. It also means there will be new chairmen taking charge of all the committees in the House and Senate.
Here is a quick rundown of the power shift in the House with the current Republican chairman listed first and the potential Democratic chairman listed second. Note the lack of Texans chairing any key committees thanks to Tom DeLay. But then, what does Tom DeLay care? He’s from Virginia.
Bob Goodlatte, Va. — Collin Peterson, Minn.
(Note: Charles Stenholm of Texas would have been in line to chair this key committee before Tom DeLay’s re-redistricting shenanigans)
Jerry Lewis, Calif. — David Obey, Wis.
Duncan Hunter, Calif. — Ike Skelton, Mo.
Jim Nussle, Iowa — John Spratt Jr., S.C.
Education and Work Force
Howard McKeon, Calif. — George Miller, Calif.
Energy and Commerce
Joe Barton, Texas — John Dingell, Mich.
Michael Oxley, Ohio — Barney Frank, Mass.
Thomas Davis, Va. — Henry Waxman, Calif.
Peter King, N.Y. — Bennie Thompson, Miss.
(Note: Jim Turner of Texas would have been in line to lead this key committee before Tom DeLay’s re-redistricting shenanigans)
Henry Hyde, Ill. — Tom Lantos, Calif.
James Sensenbrenner, Wis. — John Conyers Jr., Mich.
Richard Pombo, Calif. — Nick Rahall, W.V.
David Dreier, Calif. — Louise Slaughter, N.Y.
(Note: Martin Frost of Texas would have been in line to lead this key committee before Tom DeLay’s re-redistricting shenanigans)
Sherwood Boehlert, N.Y. — Bart Gordon, Tenn.
Donald Manzullo, Ill. — Nydia Velazquez, N.Y.
Transportation and Infrastructure
Don Young, Alaska — James Oberstar, Minn.
Ways and Means
Bill Thomas, Calif. — Charles Rangel, N.Y.
Peter Hoekstra, Mich. — Alcee Hastings, Fla.