After Republicans in the U.S. House appointed an all-male lineup to head the major committees, Speaker John Boehner chose a woman to lead the panel that oversees the management of the Capitol complex.
Beginning in January, Republican Candice Miller of Michigan will head the House Administration Committee, which handles election-related legislation and oversees facilities including the parking areas and cafeterias.
The panel also oversees the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the assignment of office space and disbursement of travel allowances to members of the House.
“In her new post, Candice will provide the leadership needed to keep operating costs down, save taxpayer dollars, and help lawmakers use new technology to better engage with their constituents,” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said in a press release.
The speaker cited Miller’s experience serving as Michigan’s secretary of state as “invaluable” to her new role overseeing legislation dealing with elections and ballot security.
Miller, 58, was re-elected to a sixth term earlier this month. She had unsuccessfully sought the chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee.
The re-election defeat of the panel’s current chairman, California Representative Dan Lungren, provided Boehner a chance to choose Miller to head the committee.
In the current Congress, the only female running a committee has been Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who presides over the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Under term-limit rules of the House Republican Conference, Ros-Lehtinen was required to give up her chairmanship in the new Congress that takes office in January. That panel will be chaired by California Representative Ed Royce.
In the new Congress, there will be 81 female House members, including 62 Democrats and 19 Republicans.
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