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GOP Committee Chair Selections All Men

GOP Committee Chair Selections All Men

GOP Committee Chair Selections All Men: A Cause for Concern?

In the upcoming 117th United States Congress, the Republican Party has selected all men to lead their House committees, causing concern among some lawmakers and advocacy groups. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has announced that at least five women will be chairing their committees in the House. This article will explore the implications of this disparity and the potential consequences of the Republican Party’s committee chair selections.


The United States Congress has a long-standing history of gender disparities between its members. While women make up nearly half of the US population, they still only comprise a small percentage of representatives in government. This imbalance is reflected in the selection of committee chairs, particularly in the Republican Party.

The Republican Party’s Selections

In recent weeks, the Republican Party has announced the chairs for the various committees in the House of Representatives for the incoming 117th United States Congress. Notably, all of the chairs selected by the Republican Party are men. This decision has sparked backlash and criticism from lawmakers and advocacy groups. Many are questioning the party’s commitment to diversity and wondering what message this sends to the American people.

The Democratic Party’s Selections

On the other hand, the Democratic Party has committed to appointing at least five women to chair their House committees, according to a recent announcement. This move is expected to increase representation among women in the government and promote diversity in the leadership ranks. This decision has been praised by lawmakers and advocacy groups who view it as a step towards ending gender disparities in the US Congress.

Implications and Consequences

The Republican Party’s decision to exclude women from their committee chairs has significant implications for the perceptions of the party. It perpetuates the idea that women are not valued or represented equally in American politics, which could lead to negative consequences for the party’s image. Further, it could alienate female voters who may perceive the Republican Party as out-of-touch or indifferent to their concerns.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has the potential to energize voters and reaffirm the party’s commitment to equitable representation. By promoting women’s leadership roles in government, the party is positioning itself as one that prioritizes the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives.


The Republican Party’s selections of all male committee chairs have raised concerns about gender inequality in the government and the party’s commitment to diversity. While the Democratic Party’s decision to appoint at least five women as committee chairs has been praised for promoting inclusion and representation. Going forward, it will be important for both parties to prioritize diversity and inclusion in their leadership positions to ensure equitable representation in American politics.

After some of the nation’s top lawmakers discussed committee assignments and chairmanships for the Republican Party, a curious fact made headlines nationally.  After an election in which many Republicans blamed losses on their lack of outreach to women and minorities, all 19 committee chairmanships were awarded to white men.

Democrats are expected to have at least five women chairing House committees, with final assignments to be announced later.  The Republican Party has one female chair in the outgoing 112th Congress, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  Her committee term is ending, and will not be renewed.  One other GOP representative, former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, had an exception made to GOP House rules so that he could serve a fourth term as the chair of the Budget Committee.

Two more committee chair assignments remain to be chosen for the Republicans in the House.  This includes assignments on the Ethics Committee and the House Administration Committee.  However, neither of these chairpersons are expected to be women or minorities because no current GOP members of the House are assigned to either committee.

While no women were ranking GOP committee members (the members usually chosen for committee chairmanship), exceptions to the ranking member rule are somewhat frequent.  Many Beltway pundits had speculated that the GOP might try to elevate Michigan’s Rep. Candice Miller, a Congresswoman currently serving on the Homeland Security Committee.  Ranked eighth in seniority overall in the committee, she lost her chairmanship bid to Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas.

The majority of Congressional committees will continue to be headed by the same people who had previously led.  Because there has not been a change in which party controls the House of Representatives, many committee assignments and party leadership positions have remained the same.  Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced recently that she will serve another term as House Minority Leader for the Democratic Party.  Mitch McConnell and John Boehner will also continue leading the House GOP.

One bright spot for the Republican Party’s much-noted “woman problem” is its placement of women into some party leadership positions.  For the first time, Republicans have selected a woman, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, to be their Conference chair.  Two more women, Reps. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, will serve as vice chair and secretary of the same Conference, respectively.

Continuing appointments of GOP men to chairmanships of some of the most influential committees, including the Judiciary Committee, may mean that the House will be open to passing legislation that would put limitations on women’s ability to access abortions, contraceptives, and other reproductive health services.

Sources: house.gov, washingtonpost.com