Four Jewish Dems retain or achieve top committee slots
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Jewish Democrats kept or earned top slots on U.S. House of Representatives committees. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) preserved his top slot on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, as did Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the Energy Committee, after the caucus’ standing committee announced its selections on Tuesday.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) ascended to the top slot on the Appropriations Committee and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) is now the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Lowey replaced Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), who is retiring, and Engel succeeded Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), who was defeated in the November election.
Berman is one of two Jewish Democrats relinquishing top committee spots. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), who is retiring, leaves the top slot on the Finance Committee to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
The Democratic leadership touted the preponderance of women and minorities in top slots on 22 committees, casting it against the all-white male Republican leadership in the House.