U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, was named today to the House Republican team that will work on the next majority’s rules and priorities.
The announcement was made by Rep. Greg Walden, the Oregon Republican who is heading up the transition. Republicans last week won more than 60 seats, enough to give them the majority when the new Congress begins in January.
In his eight years in Congress, Cole has served as a member of the Republican leadership team and on key committees like Rules and the Ethics committee. He now serves on the Appropriations Committee, which decides how money is spent. Cole has defended earmarking _ the practice of lawmakers specifying projects for their home districts _ but House Republicans seem poised to continue the moratorium they had on requesting earmarks.
Walden said today: “Americans have sent a clear message that Congress must be run differently, and this team is ready to prove that we’re listening.
“Our transition team includes proven leaders who will meet our challenge to restore the House of Representatives as a great deliberative body that respects the will of the American people. The diverse mix of experience, backgrounds and regions represented by this group will help to ensure this process brings meaningful reform to how Washington does business. Each one of these members accepted this responsibility with an encouraging enthusiasm, and I’m thankful to all of them for serving.”
Here’s the team:
Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah)
Rep. John Campbell (Calif.)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Rep. Tom Cole (OK)
Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
Rep. David Dreier (Calif.)
Rep.-elect Cory Gardner (Colorado)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Virginia)
Rep. Doc Hastings (Wash.)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas)
Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Rep.-elect Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.)
Rep. Candice Miller (Mich.)
Rep.-elect Martha Roby (Alabama)
Rep. Mike Rogers (Mich.)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin)
Rep.-elect Tim Scott (South Carolina)
Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas)
Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio)