Yesterday the Republican “leadership” in the US House of Representatives appointed committee chairs for the 114th Congress. Six of them are Texans.
Unsurprisingly, only one of the twenty one chairs is female: Candice Miller will chair the House Administration committee.
Here is a list of the chairmen:
Administration – Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)
Agriculture – Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Appropriations – Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Armed Services – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Budget – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
Education & the Workforce – Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Energy & Commerce – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Ethics – Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Financial Services – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Foreign Affairs – Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Homeland Security – Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Intelligence – Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Judiciary – Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Natural Resources – Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Oversight & Government Reform – Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Science, Space, and Technology – Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Small Business – Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Rules – Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Transportation & Infrastructure – Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Veterans’ Affairs – Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Ways & Means – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
It comes as no surprise that they are also all white.
In choosing their committee chairs, Republicans have apparently decided to eschew optics and even tokenism in favor of catering to their base: wealthy white dudes.
Of the six Texans, only Conaway and Thornberry are new to the role of committee chair. A seventh Texan, Kevin Brady, failed to beat Paul Ryan to chair the Ways & Means Committee.
As we’ve reported previously, Rep. Lamar Smith — the guy in charge of the science, space, and technology committee — is an adamant global warming denier.
It remains to be seen just how much damage this new Republican Congress will do with the largest GOP majority in over seventy years. But regardless of the carnage, Texas Republicans will play a key role in moving the policy agenda forward.