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McCarthy Names Top Republicans for House Ethics and Rules Committees

House GOP adjusting leadership ranks to life in the minority

Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, will be the ranking member on the House Ethics Committee (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, will be the ranking member on the House Ethics Committee (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy selected the top Republicans for the House Ethics and House Rules Committees in the new congress, which begins January 3.

Texan Kenny Marchant will be the ranking member on the House Ethics Committee, replacing Indiana’s Susan W. Brooks who had served on the panel for three terms. House rules bar members from sitting on the House Ethics panel for more than three congresses, unless the member leads the panel in their fourth term.

Marchant ended the current congress as the second ranking GOP member of the committee, but only after Rep. Patrick Meehan resigned in April from the House to end the Ethics Committee’s investigation into allegations he sexually harassed a former staffer. The panel’s investigation into Meehan halted after he left the House.

The 10-member Ethics panel is the only standing committee of the House that is evenly divided between the parties.

Oklahoma’s Tom Cole will serve as ranking member on the House Rules Committee, McCarthy announced on Friday. Losing the majority in the House means that Republicans will shed five seats on the panel. Current chairman Pete Sessions of Texas lost his race for re-election, which opened the role up to Cole.

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