House Ethics Musical Chairs

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According to Roll Call, almost all of the House Ethics Committee members need to be replaced before the new Congress. Not only are some current members moving on to bigger and better things, others are term-limited or just don’t want to do it. Who would want to be on a committee that is frozen from action?

Acting Chairman Gene Green (D-Texas) has not indicated whether he will seek the chairmanship in the 111th Congress, but would otherwise be term-limited from continuing service on the committee.

Republicans must also replace ranking member Doc Hastings (Wash.), who recently gained the top GOP seat on the Natural Resources Committee after Republicans stripped the post from Rep. Don Young (Alaska), who faces legal scrutiny for his relationship to an oil services company and a transportation project in Florida.

In addition to Green, Democrats will also need to fill seats now occupied by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) and Mike Doyle (Pa.), who are also term-limited from continued service on the panel.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), who joined the panel following the September death of then-Chairwoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), said Tuesday that he does not anticipate continuing service on the panel.

If none of the term-limited Members is offered the chairmanship, that would leave Rep. Bill Delahunt (Mass.) as the only Democratic committee member expected to return to the panel in the 111th Congress.

A Delahunt spokesman could not be reached for comment Tuesday, and Delahunt has not publicly addressed whether he is interested in the chairmanship.

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