House Republicans Choose White Men to Head 20 of 21 Committees

Friday, November 21, 2014
Republican House committee leaders (photos:, Wikipedia)

Oops, they did it again. The Republican Party, despite vowing to be more inclusive of women and minorities, has chosen white men to lead all but one House committee.


The sole exception among the 21 committee chairs will be Representative Candice Miller (R-Michigan), who will again lead the House Administration Committee.


Over in the Senate, all but one standing committee will be led by a man. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will probably take over the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


Democrats were quick to criticize the appointments. “Republicans promised to be more welcoming to women—but passed over women to give every single new committee chairmanship to a white man,” Spokeswoman Emily Bittner at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

House Republicans Just Picked 21 Committee Chairs. 20 Are Men. (by Daniel Newhauser, National Journal)

Republican Push To Promote Women Stumbles As White Guys Sweep Committee Chairs (by Michael McAuliff, Huffington Post)

In House of Representatives, Republicans Remain the White Man Party (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

House Republican Committee Leaders: White Men 19; Everyone Else 0 (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


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