House Republicans Just Picked 21 Committee Chairs. 20 Are Men.

Roster of chairmen is entirely white men, with Candice Miller staying on atop House Administration panel.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) listens to testimony during a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, on Capitol hill, July 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on efforts to curb illegal immigration and secure the borders. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
National Journal
Nov. 18, 2014, 1:15 p.m.

House Re­pub­lic­ans have se­lec­ted white men to chair all but one of their stand­ing com­mit­tees next year.

The se­cret­ive Re­pub­lic­an Steer­ing Com­mit­tee an­nounced its re­com­mend­a­tions late Tues­day after an all-day meet­ing to pick the heads of 17 com­mit­tees, with all of those slots go­ing to white men. Rep. Can­dice Miller, who was pre­vi­ously re­appoin­ted by Speak­er John Boehner to lead the House Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mit­tee, will re­main the only wo­man to wield a gavel.

Rep. Dev­in Nunes—who is of Por­tuguese des­cent—will head the Per­man­ent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence. (Nearly every com­mit­tee in the GOP-con­trolled Sen­ate is also ex­pec­ted to be chaired by a man in the 114th Con­gress.)

Rep. Jason Chaf­fetz will chair the Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee next year, con­clud­ing the only ser­i­ously con­tested House Re­pub­lic­an gavel race.

Chaf­fetz beat out Ohio Reps. Mike Turn­er and Jim Jordan for the nod, even though the lat­ter two share a home state with Speak­er John Boehner.

In the only oth­er con­tested race, Rep. Mac Thorn­berry was handed the gavel of the Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, a title he sought six years ago but lost to Buck McK­eon, a close friend of Speak­er John Boehner’s. Rep. Randy For­bes was also seek­ing the chair­man­ship but was not con­sidered a ser­i­ous threat to Thorn­berry’s as­cend­ancy.

As ex­pec­ted, Rep. Paul Ry­an was se­lec­ted as Ways and Means Com­mit­tee chair­man, ful­filling a long­time per­son­al goal. Rep. Kev­in Brady had been chal­len­ging him for the gavel, but dropped out ahead of the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee vote, mak­ing the vote un­an­im­ous. Rep. Jeb Hensarling also re­tained his Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee gavel after Rep. Frank Lu­cas dropped his bid to wrest it from Hensarling.

Oth­er new chair­men are as fol­lows: Rep. Mike Con­away was named as Ag­ri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee chair­man, Rep. Tom Price as Budget Chair­man, Rep. Rob Bish­op as Nat­ur­al Re­sources chair­man, and Rep. Steve Chabot as Small Busi­ness chair­man. Boehner pre­vi­ously an­nounced that Rep. Charlie Dent will head the Eth­ics Com­mit­tee.

The full con­fer­ence will meet Wed­nes­day morn­ing to rat­i­fy the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee’s choices.

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