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NJ Congressman Pallone Elected Ranking Member of House Energy & Commerce Committee

Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 ― The Star-Ledger reports that defeating a lawmaker backed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone  (D-NJ-6) was chosen by his fellow Democrats on Wednesday to serve as ranking member of the House of Representatives’ powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress.

Congressman Pallone prevailed over Rep. Anna Eshoo of California in the secret balloting. Eshoo had been endorsed by House Minority Leader Pelosi as well as the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

“I’m really humbled by the fact that the caucus voted for me,” Pallone told reporters who gathered outside room where the party’s House members met behind closed doors.

The Ledger reported that Rep. Pallone said he would use the position to represent Democratic priorities when the committee drafts legislation. The energy and commerce panel has jurisdiction over legislation affecting the environment, health and the Internet, among other areas.

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is Democrats want to fight for the little guy,” Pallone said. “It’s really an opportunity to show that Democrats are out there to protect the average person.”

Eshoo offered similar thoughts when she joined Pallone after the vote.  “It is the committee that will bring the most opportunity to Americans,” she said.

Both lawmakers pledged to work together on the committee in the next Congress.

Pallone was elected to his 15th term Nov. 4. He was next in line for the committee position after the two Democrats with more seniority on the panel, Henry Waxman and John Dingell, retired.

For the complete Star-Ledger story, click here.