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Will These Be the Committee Chairpersons if Dems Retake the House in 2019?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has her eyes set on a majority and said her ranking members will be chairs if Democrats retake the House. Who are they?

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2018 @9:00am
Will These Be the Committee Chairpersons if Dems Retake the House in 2019?

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in an interview with Politico Playbook’s Anna Palmer that she expects all ranking members of committees to become committee chairpersons in the new year, should Democrats retake the House in 2019.

— PELOSI expects all committee ranking members to become chairs. “I don’t see any change in that.”

The statement was only the seventh ‘nugget’ in Playbook’s rundown of Palmer’s interview with Pelosi. But it could have a major impact on what legislation makes it through to the House floor in 2019 and 2020, should Democrats gain the net 23 seats they need to retake the House majority.

With an eye to the potential future in mind, NTK Network takes a closer look at the current ranking members of each House committee. Of the 20 committee ranking members, 18 are running for reelection and are in safe seats.

The other two are Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), retiring amid scandal as the ranking member of the relatively small and quiet House Administration committee, and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), the Veterans’ Affairs ranking member running for governor of Minnesota.

Five potential incoming chairpeople are New York representatives. This could give the large, bold, and blue state an outsized say in Congress over the next two-plus years.

Another highlight on the list: Maxine Waters, the unapologetic Trump critic who, should Democrats retake the majority this fall, could chair the House Financial Services committee.

See below for the full list:

Agriculture: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)

Appropriations: Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)

Armed Services: Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

Budget: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)

Education: Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)

Energy and Commerce: Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

Ethics: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Financial Services: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Foreign Affairs: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Homeland Security: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

House Administration: Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA)

  • Brady is not running for reelection; the committee’s other Dem members are Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

Judiciary: Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

Natural Resources: Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)

Oversight and Government Reform: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Rules: Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)

Science, Space, and Tech: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Small Business: Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)

Transportation: Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

Veterans’ Affairs: Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)

  • Walz is running for governor of Minnesota; the next-ranking member is Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) in a D+12 seat

Ways and Means: Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)

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