House GOP picks Rogers, Upton to lead key panels

By Felicia Sonmez
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Harold Rogers (Ky.) on Tuesday as the next chairman of the Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) will be the next leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The two were among the slate of new committee chairs elected by the 34-member steering committee, according to House GOP aides. The full House Republican Conference is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to ratify the panel's recommendations, a step that is largely a formality.

Rogers bested Reps. Jerry Lewis (Calif.) and Jack Kingston (Ga.) to win the Appropriations spot. Kingston had been a favorite of tea party groups but signaled Monday that he had not won the support of GOP leaders.

Upton, meanwhile, won out over Reps. Joe L. Barton (Tex.), John Shimkus (Ill.) and Cliff Stearns (Fla.) for the Energy and Commerce chairmanship.

Lewis and Barton would have required term-limit waivers from the House GOP leadership in order to sit atop the committees.

Democrats are slated to choose their ranking members for committees on Thursday.

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