Waxman Unseats Dingell to Chair Key House Committee

Energy and Commerce Committee will see much legislation from Obama
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2008 11:14 AM CST
Rep. Henry Waxman talks to reporters on Capitol Hill today after House Democrats elected him chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – House Democrats elected Californian Henry Waxman to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee today, the Hill reports. Waxman’s new post will hold considerable influence over how the next administration will effect its legislative agenda; his selection over Michigan’s John Dingell, who has served on the committee for 28 years, is seen as a victory for the further-left elements of the party.