Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) will replace Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over global warming legislation. Waxman beat Dingell, currently the longest-serving member of the House, in a secret ballot vote of the Democratic caucus by 137–122. Yesterday, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee also voted 25–22 in favor of Waxman.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports: “Sources inside the Democratic House Caucus say the vote against outgoing Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. John Dingell turned partly along generational lines — with young turks lining up against the old — and partly because of Dingell’s record on environmental issues.”
,The Crypt’s Ryan Grim reports that “backers of ousted chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) are now scrambling to hold on to their subcommittee chairmanships.”