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Marcy Kaptur, Nita Lowey Seek to Fill Top Democratic Appropriations Spot

By Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo
Rep. Nita Lowey has expressed interest in filling Rep. Norm Dicks’ spot on the Appropriations Committee.

The Maryland Democrat first joined the committee during the 98th Congress in 1983 and served through 2007. Hoyer, however, is not interested in the position, spokeswoman Katie Grant said.

“Mr. Hoyer is not going to be the Appropriations chair, he’s staying where he is,” she said in an email.

Kaptur joined the committee in 1989. Pelosi became an appropriator in 1991, which puts her in a tie with Rep. Peter Visclosky (Ind.) as third-most-senior Democrat on the panel.

A senior Democratic aide indicated Pelosi may have little interest in the chairmanship and declined to offer insight into whom she may endorse. “First off, we will win the majority, so she will be Speaker,” the aide said. “Caucus will determine the chair of the committee.”

Rep. Jim Moran (Va.), who joined the committee in 1993, will consider running for the chairmanship, according to his office.

“It’s a tall order to find the right person to fill Norm’s shoes, but Mr. Moran is going to give it serious consideration,” his chief of staff, Austin Durrer, said in an email.

Another possibility for Moran is to seek the chairmanship of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which Dicks also holds.

And Rep. Chaka Fattah, who, despite being low on the leadership ladder, took on Dicks for the top spot last year, left open the possibility that he would run again to be the first African-American to be a party’s top appropriator.

“This is Norm Dicks’ day and he deserves the attention and positive reflection of his colleagues,” the Pennsylvanian said in a statement. “The focus of every Democrat should be on winning back the House. Speculation on my potential interest can wait for another day.”

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