By Julian Pecquet - 01/31/11 05:53 PM EST
Freshman Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) was named Monday as chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee's Healthcare and Technology subcommittee.
Ellmers was the clinical director of a wound care center before her election to Congress. She beat Democrat incumbent Bob Etheridge, who voted for healthcare reform, by about 1,500 votes.
"As a nurse and small business owner," Small Business chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said in a statement, "Renee Ellmers will be a great resource as the Committee examines ways we can improve the healthcare law without creating new problems for American entrepreneurs."
The subpanel's prerogatives include reviewing healthcare policies to see if they help or hinder economic growth and job creation. Members are tasked with oversight of the healthcare reform law's implementation as well as improving small business' access to affordable health coverage.
The other Republicans on the subcommittee are:
• Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
• Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
• Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Col.)
• Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.)
• Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)
• Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)