By Bernie Becker - 12/12/12 04:27 PM EST
As for Van Hollen, Levin added in a statement that the panel “will continue to benefit from his policy expertise on issues within the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee.”
House Democrats have made their diversity a major selling point in recent weeks, with white men set to become a minority of the caucus in the upcoming Congress. “Our caucus looks like America,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week.
With his return, Davis will become the third black man on Ways and Means, joining Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), a former chairman of the panel, and John Lewis (D-Ga.).
Sanchez becomes the lone Hispanic woman on the panel, and joins Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, on the committee.
Sanchez tweeted this morning that he was “proud to rejoin” the committee.