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Chairman: Lamar Smith, Texas*
Smith trades in his Judiciary gavel to take over from Ralph M. Hall of Texas. At Judiciary, Smith paid particular attention to Internet governance and other tech issues, such as the E-Verify system.
Ranking member: Eddie Bernice Johnson, TexasSmall Business
Chairman: Sam Graves, Mo. Graves will likely home in on how small businesses are affected by tax rates and the health care overhaul.
Ranking member: Nydia M. Velázquez, N.Y.Transportation and Infrastructure
Chairman: Bill Shuster, Pa.*
Shuster, whose father was a powerful chairman of the committee, takes over for John L. Mica of Florida, who was term limited.
Ranking member: Nick J. Rahall II, W.Va.Veterans’ Affairs
Chairman: Jeff Miller, Fla.
Miller, whose district contains Pensacola Naval Air Station and Eglin Air Force Base, has vowed to prod the Veterans Affairs Department to clear its benefits backlog.
Ranking member: Michael H. Michaud, Maine*Ways and Means
Chairman: Dave Camp, Mich.
Camp, a member of last year’s Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, intends to use his position to fashion a tax reform package.
Ranking member: Sander M. Levin, Mich.
*Denotes change from 112th Congress