By Darren Goode - 11/10/10 10:36 PM EST
Markey — who currently heads both the House Energy and Commerce’s Energy and Environment Subcommittee as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) Energy Independence and Global Warming Select Committee — has been a leading player among House Democrats on energy and climate issues this Congress. Markey — who is entering his 19th term in the House — is also far more senior than Grijalva.
Markey has not officially said he is seeking the ranking member post on Natural Resources but was seen Monday and Tuesday scoping out minority committee offices in the Ford and Longworth House Office Buildings.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) — who currently chairs the Natural Resources Committee and is looking to now be top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — told the Charleston Gazette Tuesday that Markey would be replacing him.