Quiet Revolution on House Energy and Commerce

The last election itself was an important shake-up of the power structure in Washington. But another important development has been the way in which the new, more leftward tilt of the House, is leading to restructuring of the House of Representatives leadership hierarchy. The core leadership team around Nancy Pelosi (herself the most powerful DFH in the land) is more progressive and as Brad Johnson explains the Waxman-Dingell switcheroo on the powerful Energy & Commerce committee is being followed-up with more change:

Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) will become chair of Energy and Environment Subcommittee of Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Markey’s new subcommittee will replace the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), a coal-country representative, and the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), an oil-patch Democrat.

The new team in chart form:


We can look forward to this group writing a lot of excellent legislation that passes before dying or being watered-down in the Senate!