Making a List of Some Key Leaders for the 114th Congress

December 1, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

washington-dc-1104221-mWhen Congress comes into session next year for the 114th Congress, expect to see a whole host of new committee leaders. Thanks to the Republican onslaught across numerous states in the November elections, both House and Senate will be under GOP control. So who takes the reins in certain congressional committees? Some are still to be determined, but there are others of which that we’re assured. The following is a short list of some key chairmanships.

In the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will chair the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, taking over from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was selected as Ways and Means Committee chairman and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) retained his Financial Services Committee chairmanship.

In the Senate, the Republican Party will take over as the majority party. New Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has selected Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to chair the Senate Republicans’ Committee on Committees, the panel that is responsible for committee assignments during the114th Congress. The Senate often takes more time to determine its chairmanships, but look for the following:

  • Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) will become the chairman of the Finance Committee;
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is expected to take over the chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee; and
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is in line to chair the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and to lead an appropriations subcommittee related to energy and water development.

It will be interesting to see how the new Republican-led Congress will influence grant programs. Some could be on the chopping block. Stay tuned to Thompson for more. And for more information on the new crop of senators and representatives, look to Thompson’s parent company, Columbia Books and Information Services, for its updated The Original U.S. Congress Handbook. Pre-order today!

What do you expect from the new GOP-led Congress next year concerning grant programs? Let us know.

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