Energy and Commerce Committee GOP switch up slots

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael BurgessMedicaid efficiency is needed now, more than ever In the politics of healthcare reform, past is prologue New hope for ObamaCare repeal? Key GOP lawmaker working on amendment MORE (R-Texas) will be the new ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, replacing Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

Walden has taken a leave of absence from the committee following his ascension to House GOP leadership earlier this month.

“It says a great deal about the quality on our side the House Energy and Commerce Committee that we can lose a star like Greg Walden to an important role in the House Republican leadership and yet have people of such extraordinary ability and experience ready to step up,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the ranking member of the full committee, in a prepared statement.

The full committee approved the changes Tuesday in a resolution that also formally adds Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) to the committee.