Minnesota Republican named new chairman of Joint Economic Committee

Minnesota Republican named new chairman of Joint Economic Committee
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) announced Thursday that he is appointing Rep. Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenThe Biden 15 percent global tax puts foreign companies ahead of American workers House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations GOP Rep. Tom Reed accused of sexual misconduct MORE (R-Minn.) to be the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) — a new job for a lawmaker who is being targeted by Democrats in the midterm elections.

"As Congress works to write laws that boost our nation’s economy, Erik’s vast experience working on tax and economic matters will serve the committee and the Congress well,” Ryan said in a statement.

The JEC is tasked with analyzing economic conditions and making recommendations about how to improve the economy. The panel consists of lawmakers from both the House and the Senate, and chairmanship of the panel alternates between the two chambers.

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Paulsen said that in the position he will work to boost job creation and growth in workers' salaries.

“The JEC has a long history of bringing together the best ideas from both parties and both chambers to advise Congress on how to grow our economy and promote trade, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic opportunity for all Americans, and I look forward to leading these discussions in my new role,” he said.

Paulsen will succeed Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiOhio Democrat Danny O'Connor won't seek Portman's Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Ohio New Members 2019 MORE (R-Ohio) as chairman of the JEC. Tiberi is leaving Congress this month to take a job leading the Ohio Business Roundtable.

After Tiberi, Paulsen was the most senior House Republican on the JEC. He is also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which took the lead on the tax-cut bill that President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE signed into law last month.

Paulsen is on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's list of targets for 2018. His district, which includes suburbs of Minneapolis, voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE over Trump in 2016. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the district "lean Republican."