Rep. Corrine Brown, left, is currently the second ranking Democrat on the Veterans' Affairs panel.
After Brown and Reyes, Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine) is next in line on Veterans Affairs. He’s already the top Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, making his potential ascent as ranker to the full panel an easy transition. Michaud’s spokesman, Ed Gilman, said his boss would “be interested in the position” of ranking member.
“He’s dedicated to the committee, and has been an active member on it since he was first sworn in, making veterans’ issues a top priority throughout his time in the House,” Gilman said in a statement.
If Filner wins the June Democratic primary in San Diego, his ascent to the mayor’s office is streamlined. San Diego’s mayor will be sworn in Dec. 3, so Filner would have to leave his House seat during a potential lame-duck session. The House is scheduled to be in session for a total of four work weeks after next year’s November elections, including for two weeks in December.