-- While Republicans winning control of the House would not normally be associated as a benefit for Michigan's congressional delegation, the Wolverine state actually stands to take a big leadership role in the 112th Congress.
This week, the House Republican caucus nominated Rep. Fred Upton (R) to chair the Energy and Commerce committee despite conservatives' misgivings. Also, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) kept the Ways and Means Committee in Michigan's control with his nomination to replace Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) as chairman. And Levin scored a surprise win from the House Democratic caucus when his colleagues nominated him to take the ranking spot on the committee despite the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee narrowly endorsing Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.).