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A Greener House Energy And Commerce Committee

Law360 (December 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Chairman Waxman's ascension could have a major impact on the energy sector and climate change legislation.

The wave of "change" sweeping Washington, D.C., was felt on Nov. 20, 2008, in the House Democratic Caucus, as members narrowly voted to replace a 28-year leadership veteran and one of the longest-serving members of the House as chair of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee.

The 137-122 vote to install Representative Henry Waxman, D-Calif., over incumbent John Dingell, D-Mich., dealt a serious blow to the seniority system that has...
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