Chaffetz and Bishop among new GOP faces at the helms of House committees

WASHINGTON — Republicans remain in charge of the House, but it won't be the same Republicans leading many committees.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is poised to run the chamber for the fifth straight year, but nine committees are getting new heads, providing an opportunity for fresh faces to make an impact on issues such as defense, government spending and taxes.

Among the lawmakers who will serve as new leaders are some well-known names, including 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who will take the reins of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Rising star Jason Chaffetz of Utah will assume the chairmanship of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a panel that has been an irritant to the Obama administration the past four years under term-limited Darrell Issa of California.


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