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The House Democracy Assistance Commission, which works to strengthen the legislatures of emerging democracies, announced its membership for the 110th Congress. [IMGCAP(1)]

Democratic members, appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), include the panel’s chairman, Rep. David Price (N.C.), as well as Reps. Lois Capps (Calif.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Sam Farr (Calif.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Rush Holt (N.J.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Earl Pomeroy (N.D.), John Salazar (Colo.), Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Allyson Schwartz (Pa.).

Meanwhile, Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) selected the following Republicans: Rep. David Dreier (Calif.), the commission’s ranking member, and Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.), John Boozman (Ark.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Bill Shuster (Pa.), Jerry Weller (Ill.) and Joe Wilson (S.C.).

The commission currently is working on assistance programs for 12 nations, including Afghanistan, Colombia and Lebanon. First formed in 2005, it must be reauthorized at the start of each Congress.

— Bree Hocking