|Rep. Fred Upton|
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 I’m going to do everything I know how to make his chairmanship the kind of success that the American people want and expect."