House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) on Friday sought to put more weight behind his bid to hang on to his gavel, releasing the names of 26 lawmakers making up the first round of his whip team.
Pushing back against a surprise challenge from Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Dingell revealed a list heavily stocked with the Caucus moderates expected to form his base of support in the developing firefight.
The Dingell team is being co-chaired by Reps. Chet Edwards (Texas), Mike Doyle (Pa.), and Bart Stupak (Mich.). Rounding out the list are:
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.