DemDaily: Heading Up The House, The New Committee Chairs
November 29, 2018
With Democrats' takeover of the US House of Representative comes the shift to majority leadership, and control of the 22 Committees that oversee the business of the lower chamber of Congress.
|The 116th Congress will will bring more than a party shift in the House, with an historic number of women and people of color poised to take the helm as Committee Chairs.|
The Committees of the US House, in their present form, were established under the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946.All but three committees, the Budget Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the House Administration Committee, are subdivided into subcommittees of which there is a total of 95, each with its own leadership.
Traditionally, the incoming committee chairs in a new majority are those that served as the ranking, or most senior members, of the minority party in the previous Congress.
In contrast to the predominantly all white, male chairmen under the Republicans, the new Democratic chairs are expected to include five African Americans, one Asian American, and two Hispanic members, five of which are women.
Most significantly, for those that wield the Chair's gavel comes the power to pursue new oversight over the Trump Administration
Among those already on the agenda: forced release of the President's tax returns, potential bribery between the Trump Organization and foreign governments, renewed House inquiries into Russian election interference and the Department of Homeland Security's family separation policy.
The 116th Congress will be sworn in January 3, 2019.
DemList will keep you informed.
Incoming Chair (Democrat)
Outgoing Chair (Republican)
|Administration||Zoe Lofgren (CA)||Gregg Harper (MS)|
|Agriculture||Collin Peterson (MN)||Mike Conaway (TX)|
|Appropriations||Nita Lowey (NY)||Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)|
|Armed Services||Adam Smith (WA)||Mac Thornberry (TX)|
|Budget||John Yarmuth (KY)||Steve Womack (AR)|
|Education & The Workforce||Bobby Scott (VA)||Virginia Foxx (NC)|
|Energy & Commerce||Frank Palone (NJ)||Greg Walden (OR)|
|Ethics||Ted Deutch (FL)||Susan Brooks (IN)|
|Financial Services||Maxine Waters (CA)||Jeb Hensarling (TX)|
|Foreign Affairs||Eliot Engel (D-NY)||Ed Royce (CA)|
|Homeland Security||Bennie Thompson (MS)||Michael McCaul (TX)|
|Judiciary||Jerrold Nadler (NY)||Bob Goodlatte (VA)|
|Natural Resources||Raúl Grijalva (AZ)||Rob Bishop (UT)|
|Oversight & Government Reform||Elijah Cummings (MD)||Trey Gowdy (SC)|
|Rules||Jim McGovern (MA)||Pete Sessions (TX)|
|Science, Space & Technology||Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)||Lamar Smith (TX)|
|Small Business||Nydia Velázquez (NY)||Steve Chabot (OH)|
|Transportation & Infrastructure||Peter DeFazio (OR)||Bill Shuster (PA)|
|Veterans Affairs||Mark Takano (CA)||Phil Roe (R-TN)|
|Ways & Means||Richard Neal (MA)||Kevin Brady (TX)|
|Select Committee on Intelligence||Adam Schiff (CA)||Devin Nunes (CA)|
|Commission on Human Rights||Co-Chair Jim McGovern (MA)||Co-Chair: TBD|
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Sources: Bloomberg, Business Insider, PBS, The Intercept, Politico