Republicans’ All-White, All-Male House Committee Leadership

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Nov. 28 2012 4:49 PM

Republicans’ All-White, All-Male House Committee Leadership

After President Obama’s re-election, top Republicans have professed a need to broaden the party’s demographic appeal—but if the latest GOP House leadership roster is any indication, that may take some time to sink in.

Republican leaders in the 113th Congress have recommended an all-white-male group of committee chairmen so far, including 12 returning congressmen.

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Many top committees like Financial Services shifted power between top GOP players, but Rep. Paul Ryan was granted a waiver to surpass the customary six-year term limit on his powerful chairmanship. The former vice presidential candidate will remain leader of the Budget Committee.

Republicans noted that the leaders of the Ethics and House Administration committees have yet to be filled, so Speaker John Boehner still has a chance to back a woman for one of those slots. And women did post some gains: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, for one, will now be the No. 4 House Republican leader.