House’s Chairwoman (Charwoman?)

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Rep. Candice Miller following a House Republican Conference meeting in this file photo.

House Speaker John Boehner took some heat this week for naming an all-male lineup of committee chairmen.

But he didn’t get out of the kitchen.

He found a woman to run one today:

Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan will chair the committee that oversees the chamber’s housekeeping.

The speaker said this of his pick for the Administration Committee, which handles election-related legislation and oversees the Capitol complex, including the parking areas and cafeterias: “In her new post, Candice will provide the leadership needed to keep operating costs down, save taxpayer dollars, and help lawmakers use new technology to better engage with their constituents.”

The former Michigan secretary of state had sought the Homeland Security Committee chair.

In the current Congress, the only female committee chair is Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who presides over the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Under term-limit rules of the House Republican Conference, Ros-Lehtinen was required to give up her chairmanship in the new Congress taking office in January. That chairman will be California Rep. Ed Royce.

They waived the rules, however, for Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — Mitt R0mney’s running mate in the presidential election — who will remain as Chairman of the Budget Committee.

He was the only one to get a waiver.

Jim Rowley contributed to this report. 



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