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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.