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McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce

McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce
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Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersNew Alzheimer's drug sparks backlash over FDA, pricing FDA approves first new Alzheimer's drug in almost 20 years OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps MORE (R-Wash.) was elected by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve as the next ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. 

McMorris Rodgers — a former member of leadership who served as House Republican Conference chair — edged out Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTexas Republicans condemn state Democrats for response to official calling Scott an 'Oreo' Americans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (R-Texas), a doctor and the most senior Republican on the panel, and Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio). 

Her relationship with leadership gave her an edge in the race, multiple senior GOP sources told The Hill. McMorris Rodgers is also one of the relatively few women in the House Republican Conference.

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McMorris Rodgers touted her experience with messaging as the former conference chair and her policy record while making her pitch to Steering Committee members.

The position is being vacated by retiring Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenLobbying world Give Republicans the climate credit they deserve Fox hires former GOP lawmaker Greg Walden as political consultant MORE (R-Ore.), who was term-limited out of the role. 

All three lawmakers campaigned heavily for the position ahead of the vote. The panel oversees a broad number of policy areas ranging from health care to energy. 

The panel is currently chaired by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), though Republicans are hoping to take back the House in the 2022 midterms. 

The Steering Committee’s choices for ranking members are expected to be ratified by the full conference in the coming days.