Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) will take the top Democratic seat on the House Ethics Committee in the 112th Congress, her office confirmed Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) vacated the panel’s ranking member seat, less than three weeks after accepting the post on what Democratic aides had previously described as a temporary basis. Lofgren chaired the Ethics panel in the previous Congress.
Democratic leaders did not immediately announce which Members would fill their remaining four seats on the committee.
Republicans returned all five of their lawmakers who served on the panel in the 111th Congress, including now-Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.)
Sánchez has not previously served on the Ethics Committee.
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.