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Republicans Name A Woman To A Committee Chair

Submitted by on December 1, 2012 – 2:27 pmNo Comment
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Earlier this week, we told you about the much-derided fact that every single GOP committee chair in the House was a Caucasian man. Well, House speaker John Boehner apparently got the message. Boehner announced on Friday that Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) will chair the House Administration Committee- even though she wasn’t even a member before.

According to The Huffington Post, Boehner said Miller will use her new role “to keep operating costs down, save taxpayer dollars and help lawmakers use new technology to better engage with their constituents.”

The articles also quotes female Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx, who is quick to point out that the House Republican Conference has three female officers.

Miller bypasses Rep. Gregg Harper, who was the senior member of the Administration committee.

While Boehner is presumably addressing a very real diversity problem in the Republican party, and also giving in to critics, many of them liberal (ahem), I still have to be a downer and point out that this isn’t the long-term change we were hoping for. While a little bit of diversity in leadership positions is great, the real problem is that one of the two major political parties of our country has so few female and minority representatives to choose from in the first place. And that’s an issue that won’t be solved by a single committee chair.

What do you think about Miller’s appointment?

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