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Posted at 1:24 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Rep. Danny Davis to serve as top Democrat on D.C. panel

By Ben Pershing

Two days after Republicans announced that freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) would chair the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee handling District matters, Democrats have named their own top member for that panel -- Rep. Danny K. Davis (Ill.).

Unlike Gowdy, Davis is a congressional veteran, now serving his eighth term representing a Chicago-based district. The Democrat has previously served as chairman of the subcommittee on the District, making him more experienced on local issues than the new GOP chairman.

Davis has a liberal voting record and a history of working on urban issues. He previously served on the Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and mounted a brief bid for Chicago mayor last year before dropping out late in December.

Davis has focused on health care, which will also be under the jurisdiction of the newly formed panel -- officially known as the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) was chairman of the subcommittee handling D.C. in the 111th Congress, but under the new panel structure he is shifting to serve as ranking Democrat on a different subcommittee.

By Ben Pershing  | January 20, 2011; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Congressional Oversight  
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