House Committee Chairs: An All-Boys Club

Just 2 slots remain open, all major committees chaired by men

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2012 5:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Women may have made big strides in the November election, but they struck out with every single House committee chairmanship. The House Republican Steering Committee crowned an all-male slate of chairs yesterday, Politico reports; the only still-open slots that could potentially go to women are the House Ethics Committee and the House Administration Committee. Even so, Politico notes that women saw "big gains in Republican leadership," including a female Republican Conference chair, vice chair, and secretary.

Rep. Pete Olson, Rep. Michael Burgess, Rep. Michael Conaway, and Rep. Mike McCaul, are shown in Washington, March 25, 2010. McCaul beat a top female contender to chair the Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Pete Olson, Rep. Michael Burgess, Rep. Michael Conaway, and Rep. Mike McCaul, are shown in Washington, March 25, 2010. McCaul beat a top female contender to chair the Homeland Security Committee.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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