Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Barton Concedes Energy & Commerce Gavel to Upton 12/07/2010 San Francisco - Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX-06) has just issued a statement conceding the chairmanship of the U.S. House Energy and Committee to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-06). The Michigan Republican will become Chairman of the powerful House committee as the GOP takes control of the lower body in January when the 112th Congress is seated.
Rep. Fred Upton
Barton's concession follows this afternoon's vote by the Republican Steering Committee to recommend Upton as Chairman to the full House Caucus. 

In his statement emailed to the media within the past several minutes, Barton, the Ranking Member of the Committee, said:

“It has been a privilege to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee for 24 of my 26 years in the House of Representatives, and it was a high honor to lead this committee.

Now I want to offer my congratulations to Fred, who is taking over the best committee in Congress. He has an enormous job ahead, and Im going to do everything I know how to make his chairmanship the kind of success that the American people want and expect."
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