Democrats Complete Freshman Panel Assignments

Posted January 30, 2003 at 7:37am

The House Democratic Steering Committee inched closer to completing its panel assignments Wednesday, as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) finalized the House Administration roster.

Steering members, meeting for a second day in a row, gave freshmen their second committee seats. The committee also assigned Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.) to an opening on International Relations. Smith had actively sought a position on the Judiciary Committee, but that slot went to Rep. Linda Sanchez (Calif.) instead.

Also, the Steering Committee assigned to the Armed Services panel Reps. Rick Larsen (Wash.), Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Rodney Alexander (La.), a freshman. In taking those seats, Larsen will give up his post on Agriculture and Israel will relinquish his position on the Science Committee.

In another move, Pelosi formally named Rep. John Larson (Conn.) as the ranking member on House Administration. She also tapped Reps. Juanita Millender-McDonald (Calif.) and Robert Brady (Pa.) to fill vacant seats on the panel.

The Steering Committee has all but finished its work. It will meet again next week to consider waivers from Members seeking a third committee assignment and those on exclusive panels who want an additional seat elsewhere.