Parker Griffith gets Energy and Commerce seat

Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) was given a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday.

According to a GOP leadership source, the freshman congressman has been appointed to the plum committee seat, which was opened late Thursday morning when Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) joined a new GOP leadership position.

The congressman switched parties to become a Republican in December of 2009.