Campus Notebook: A New Top ‘R’

Posted January 13, 2009 at 6:31pm

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) will be the ranking member for the House Administration Committee, filling the shoes of longtime committee member Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.).

[IMGCAP(1)]Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the appointment Tuesday, but rumors had been circulating for weeks that Lungren would be tapped for the position.

“During his tenure with House Administration, Dan has helped lead efforts to ensure efficient operations within the House complex and protect taxpayer dollars,” Boehner said in a press release. “Dan understands the importance of maintaining a secure environment for Members, staff and the millions of Americans that visit our nation’s Capitol each year.”

In the 110th Congress, Lungren served as ranking member of the House Administration Subcommittee on Capitol Security, a new subcommittee that mostly met behind closed doors. As ranking member of the committee, Lungren will work with Chairman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) on issues related to the Capitol Police, the Members’ Representational Allowances, contested elections and franking, among other things.

In a statement, Brady said Lungren “played a vital role in our efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Capitol Complex and to provide superior service to the Members and Staff of the House of Representatives.”

Lungren is filling big shoes: Ehlers was on the committee for 14 years, including a stint as chairman during the 109th Congress. The 74-year-old has said he stepped down to focus on his three other committee assignments.

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