House Administration Chairman Dan Lungren said the full panel should give input on the important issue of Member and staff security.
In a move that surprised even Lungren, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) declined to serve on the Subcommittee on Elections, on which she has been the top Democrat since it was created in the 110th Congress.
Lungren mistakenly announced at the hearing that she would be ranking member on that committee, to which Lofgren replied, “Nope.”
Instead, the full committee’s ranking member, Rep. Robert Brady (Pa.), will be the top Democrat on that subcommittee, which Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) will chair. Lofgren will be ranking member on the Subcommittee on Oversight.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.