His earlier hearings generated headlines, but only modest action
Televised hearings examined tire blowouts and Ford Explorer rollover problems.
RESULT: A bit of money for oversight agency and modest new tire-safety legislation, but no sweeping reforms.
Headed inquiry into how cable and networks bungled vote tally.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY CRISIS
Ran probe of brownouts and price spikes in 2000.
RESULT: Tauzin championed the Bush energy bill through the House, but it's now bogged down in the Senate. Meanwhile California's problems have gone away on their own.