Former Rep. Bob Barr's (R) campaign is claiming that House Speaker John Boehner has assured him that if he returns to Congress he will retain not only his seniority, but also his committee assignments. Boehner's staff wouldn't comment, but there are a few skeptics. One Georgia congressman, who asked for anonymity: "It's up to the steering committee, and Bob Barr left the party. And now he's coming back, saying, 'here I am, I want all my seniority and all back.' You know, I don't see the steering committee bending over backwards to accommodate him."
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-03): "He would get his eight years of service, but when it came to [seniority on] committees, he would be behind any freshmen that have come in those eight years -- he would be right behind them." (National Review)
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