GOP picks McMorris Rodgers for top spot on House Commerce Committee

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House Republicans tapped Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to lead the party on the House Commerce Committee, making her the first woman to hold a leadership role at the committee that has sweeping authority over the nation’s health care, technology, environmental and energy policy. Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers beat Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Bob Latta (R-OH) to win the position. Rep McMorris Rodgers will replace retiring Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR). She is expected to continue the embrace of technological innovation and nature-based solutions to combat climate change, a far more narrow approach than Democrats are expected to take.

GOP picks McMorris Rodgers for Energy and Commerce; Westerman for Resources