Boehner releases list of committee chairmen

After a few weeks of inside baseball jockeying and campaigning, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.) released his recommendations for committee chairman in the upcoming Congress, which will be seated in January.

“Our team will continue focusing on reforms that will grow our economy and create new jobs, and on holding the Obama administration accountable through aggressive oversight of the Executive Branch.  The House of Representatives is an outpost in Democratic-controlled Washington for the priorities of the American people, and I have every confidence that the chairmen selected today are up to the task of translating those priorities into solutions Americans are counting on to get our economy moving again,” Boehner said in a statement.

There are a few surprises, including 0 female chairs and the return of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as budget chairman. But, according to a report in the Hill, Ryan made a pitch to continue on for another two years as the House’s resident budget expert to a group of Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. House GOP rules state that committee chairmen and ranking members have a six-year term limit imposed upon them and extending past that six years is rare.

The list is as follows:

Agriculture- Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.)
Appropriations – Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.)
Armed Services – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.)
Budget – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Education and the Workforce  – Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.)
Energy and Commerce – Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
Financial Services – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Foreign Affairs – Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.)
Homeland Security – Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas)
Intelligence  – Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)
Judiciary – Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Natural Resources- Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.)
Oversight and Government Reform  – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
Rules  – Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Science, Space, and Technology – Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
Small Business  – Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.)
Transportation and Infrastructure  – Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)
Veterans’ Affairs- Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)
Ways and Means – Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.)