House Democrats are hoping to elect former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE Jr.’s replacement atop the Judiciary Committee before month’s end.
A Democratic aide said the election between Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBiden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) — and perhaps others — is expected the week of Dec. 18. Although the House is currently scheduled to recess for the December holidays on Dec. 14, GOP leaders want to extend the calendar to Dec. 22 to work on budget issues.
Conyers, a 27-term Michigan Democrat, resigned on Tuesday amid a series of allegations that he’d made unwanted sexual advances toward former female staffers — charges he forcefully denied.
The resignation leaves a vacancy for the top Democratic spot on the Judiciary panel, where Conyers has reigned since 1995.
The Judiciary Committee is among the most powerful on Capitol Hill, presiding over such hot-button issues as immigration, gun control reform, law enforcement and impeachment.
Nadler is next in line, but he’s facing a tough challenge from Lofgren, setting the stage for a competitive battle between well-respected party veterans.
The clash is reminiscent of the 2014 run-off between Reps. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneHouse Democrats ramp up probe of FDA approval of Alzheimer's drug Intercept bureau chief: Democrats dropping support of Medicare for All could threaten bill's momentum House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 MORE (D-N.J.) and Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — EU calls out Russian hacking efforts aimed at member states Wyden, Eshoo press publishers over library e-book contracts Time for Congress to make a down payment to prevent future pandemic tragedies MORE (D-Calif.) for ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. (Pallone, the more senior member of the panel, prevailed).
Nadler said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect any other candidates in the race for ranking member. But Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeProposed Texas map adds two new congressional districts to Austin, Houston Black Caucus meets with White House over treatment of Haitian migrants Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators MORE (D-Texas), the third-ranking Democrat on the panel, hasn’t ruled out a run.
“The dust needs to settle,” she said Tuesday.