The end of the old bulls
According to Politico, if the GOP takes the House, the party isn't going to decide committee chairmanship based on seniority:
If Republicans win the House, all but a few of of the two dozen GOP chairmen will be first-timers with the gavel, a strong sign that a new generation of Republican leadership has dawned, ushering in a slate of mostly conservative younger chairmen who will control debate on everything from tax cuts to a farm bill to business regulation.
It’ll be a stark contrast to the 2006 Democratic takeover, when Dave Obey of Wisconsin, George Miller of California and Michigan’s John Dingell and John Conyers reclaimed gavels they lost in the Republican rout of 1994.
In broad terms, the Republican chairmen will be policy conservatives but not bomb-throwing ideologues. ... Major new players in a new Republican Congress include 57-year-old Dave Camp of Michigan atop the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Budget wonk Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a 40-year-old who has become a hero to fiscal conservatives, will most likely rule over the Budget Committee. Oversight and Government Reform will have the fiery Darrell Issa of California dashing off subpoenas to the Obama administration.
On Appropriations, there might be a fight between Reps. Jerry Lewis of California and Hal Rogers of Kentucky over the coveted job of controlling the federal government’s purse strings. And on Energy and Commerce, a critical committee for carrying the Republican agenda on health care, energy and business regulation, Joe Barton of Texas is fighting for the gavel despite insider buzz that Michigan’s Fred Upton has the inside track.
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