Larson Pulls Double Duty Despite Ways and Means Assignment

Posted January 5, 2005 at 3:52pm

Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) will retain his position as ranking member of the House Administration Committee, despite being tapped to serve on the exclusive Ways and Means Committee, a Democratic aide confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Under party rules, Caucus members serving on “exclusive” panels such as the Ways and Means are prohibited from holding a seat on another committee. But while the Connecticut lawmaker is required to relinquish his seat on both the Armed Services and Science panels to take on his new assignment, his post on the House Administration panel will remain unaffected because it is a leadership committee.

Democratic members of the Administration panel are appointed by the Minority Leader, rather than through the typical process in which the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee selects lawmakers who are then confirmed by the full Democratic Caucus. Reps. Juanita Millender-McDonald (Calif.) and Robert Brady (Pa.) are currently the only other Democratic lawmakers serving on the panel.

Larson’s predecessor on Administration, now-Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), used the same exemption while serving as the panel’s ranking member and simultaneously holding a seat on the Appropriations Committee.

A spokeswoman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

— Jennifer Yachnin