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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.