Freshman Rep. Gowdy to chair D.C., Census, oversight panel
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will announce Tuesday that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will helm the subcommittee that handles District matters, giving the job to a freshman lawmaker with no record of speaking out on D.C. issues.
Gowdy will serve as chairman of the newly formed Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives. Jurisdiction over D.C. was previously held by a subcommittee that also covered the Postal Service and the federal workforce, but Issa has scrambled the old panel structure since taking over as full committee chairman.
Several of the Oversight committee's Republican members from the last Congress have departed for more desirable outposts, which helps explain why the panel will have so many freshmen in the 112th Congress. Another first-term member, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), will serve as vice chairman of the new D.C. subcommittee.
| January 18, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
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