Congress: 112th Committee Appointments Aligned w/ Industry Contributions

BERKELEY, CA--December 13, 2010--MAPLight.org is aligning committee appointments for the 112th Congress with campaign contributions from the most recent campaign finance information available from the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org). All updates will be grouped and distributed in the format below. Please check our Web site for daily committee appointment updates. We hope you find this information useful. We found the topline contributions for many of the appointments particularly interesting.

David Camp Named Chair for House Ways and Means Committee 
Upton Named Chair for Energy and Commerce Committee
Ron Paul Chosen to Head the House Financial Services Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee
Frank Lucas Chosen to Chair House Agriculture Committee
House Financial Services Committee Will be Led by Spencer Bachus
 
Howard "Buck" McKeon to head Armed Services Committee

Paul Ryan to Chair House Budget Committee
Rep. Peter King Gets the Gavel for the House Homeland Security Committee
Rep. Lamar Smith Will Lead the House Judiciary Committee

House Oversight Committee to be chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa

Rep. Jeff Miller to Chair the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs
Sam Graves Will be Chairman of the House Small Business Committee
John L. Mica Selected to Drive the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Selected as House Foreign Affairs Chairman
House Republicans Tap John Kline to Head Education and Labor Committee
House Science and Technology Committee to be Chaired by Ralph Hall

Doc Hastings to Chair House Natural Resources Committee

Methodology: Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

David Camp Named Chairman for House Ways and Means Committee

According to the New York Times, the Republican leadership has chosen Rep. David Camp as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the 112th Congress. Camp currently serves as the ranking minority member on Ways and Means.

Camp represents Michigan's 4th Congressional District, which includes portions of the northwest section of the state's Lower Peninsula.

Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the U.S. Congress, according to the Committee's congressional website. Ways and Means has "jurisdiction over revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States," as well as Social Security and Medicare.

The following are the top ten contributors to Camp's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Health Professionals $194,119
Insurance $179,297
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products        $168,400
Securities & Investment $141,919
Lobbyists $101,145
Lawyers/Law Firms $86,250
Health Services/HMOs $83,200
Electric Utilities $82,750
Banks and Credit $79,750
Retail Sales $75,150

 

Fred Upton Named Chairman for Energy and Commerce Committee

Bloomberg reports, Rep. Fred Upton has triumphed in a muti-lateral contest to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Texas's Joe Barton, Illinois's John Shimkus and Florida's Cliff Stearns were also vying for the job.

Rep. Upton represents Michigan's 6th Congressional District, which includes the seven counties of southwest Michigan. The Congressman has served in the House of Representatives since 1986.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has a broad portfolio, including jurisdiction over national energy policy as well as interstate and foreign commerce.

The following are the top ten contributors to Upton's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Electric Utilities $177,100
Health Professionals $97,152
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products       $83,700
TV/Movies/Music $72,350
Oil & Gas $68,550
Lobbyists $46,908
Lawyers/Law Firms $45,088
Automotive $43,500
Waste Management $39,800
Telephone Utilities $39,750

 

Ron Paul Chosen to Head the House Financial Services Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee

According to an article written by Peter Schroeder for The Hill, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has been selected to chair the House Financial Services Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee.

Dr. Paul, a graduate of Duke University Medical School, represents Texas' 14th Congressional District, located on the Gulf Coast.

Rep. Paul has been an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve Bank's inflation policies, and has introduced legislation aimedat auditing the Fed.

The following are the top ten contributors to Paul's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Real Estate $12,450
Health Professionals $9,700
Misc Business $9,010
Banks and Credit $7,300
Securities & Investment $7,300
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing     $6,680
Waste Management $4,000
Home Builders $3,800
Livestock $3,460
Construction Services $3,400

 

Frank Lucas Chosen to Chair House Agriculture Committee

Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas has been selected to chair the House Committee on Agriculture, according to the New York Times. Lucas is currently serving as the ranking minority member on the Ag. Committee. According to the Congressman's website, he and his family have been farming in Oklahoma for more than 100 years. Rep. Lucas also holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University.

Lucas is frequent recipient of campaign contributions from the agriculture industry. Lucas is the fifth largest recipient in the House of Representatives of contributions from individuals and organizations related to the Crop production & basic processing category code.

The following are the top ten contributors to Lucas's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Crop Production & Basic Processing       $141,800
Agricultural Services/Products $95,800
Banks and Credit $54,245
Oil & Gas $51,850
Insurance $40,050
Dairy $37,950
Livestock $34,850
Accountants $31,581
Food Processing & Sales $28,950
Securities & Investment $28,750

 

House Financial Services Committee Will be Led by Spencer Bachus

The New York Times reports that the congressman representing Alabama's 6th District, Spencer Bachus, has been named the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee for the 112th Congress. Bachus formerly served as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.

According to Rep. Bachus's congressional website, the legislator "has been named Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business, Friend of the Taxpayer by Americans for Tax Reform, Friend of the Family by the Christian Coalition and has received the Spirit of Free Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."

The following are the top ten contributors to Bachus's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Insurance $182,000
Real Estate $173,000
Banks and Credit $153,550
Securities & Investment      $137,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $75,460
Accountants $64,800
Misc Finance $52,000
Retail Sales $38,200
Health Professionals $32,450
Lobbyists $28,000

 

Howard "Buck" McKeon to Head Armed Services Committee

New York Times reports that Rep. Buck McKeon will become the House Armed Services Committee chairman for the 112th Congress.

McKeon represents California's 25th Congressional District, which includes portions of Death Valley National Park, the Inyo National Forest, and the Stanislaus National Forest. Rep. McKeon joined the House in 1992.

The following are the top ten contributors to McKeon's campaign by interest group (the top three of which are all defense related):

Interest Contributions
Defense Aerospace $152,400
Misc Defense $91,500
Defense Electronics $58,500
General Contractors $43,700
Education $35,000
Air Transport $32,700
Health Professionals $24,350
Lawyers/Law Firms $23,200
Building Materials & Equipment     $20,900
Retail Sales $20,000

 

Paul Ryan to Chair House Budget Committee

The New York Times reports that Rep. Paul Ryan has been tapped by Republican leadership to head the House Budget Committee in the 112th Congress. Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st District, which includes Burlington and Kenosha. Rep. Ryan is currently the ranking minority member on the Budget Committee.

The following are the top ten contributors to Ryan's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Securities & Investment $212,350
Insurance $194,970
Health Professionals $171,637
Lawyers/Law Firms $77,800
Misc Finance $70,774
Real Estate $70,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products      $64,250
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing $59,050
Health Services/HMOs $54,692
Oil & Gas $45,750

 

Peter King Gets the Gavel for the House Homeland Security Committee

The New York Times reports that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has been chosen by Republican leadership to chair the House Committee on Homeland Security in the 112th Congress. Rep. King is currently the ranking minority member of the committee and is also a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

King represents New York's 3rd Congressional District, which includes the city of Long Beach.

The following are the top ten contributors to King's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Securities & Investment     $86,652
Lawyers/Law Firms $78,200
Real Estate $67,550
Transportation Unions $59,700
Insurance $49,700
Casinos/Gambling $37,700
Business Services $36,150
Lobbyists $35,293
General Contractors $32,650
Banks and Credit $31,900

 

Lamar Smith to Lead the House Judiciary Committee

According to the New York Times, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will be the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in the 112th Congress.

Rep. Smith represents Texas's 21st Congressional District, which, according to his website, includes portions of Bexar and Travis Counties and all of Comal, Real, Kerr, Bandera, Kendall and Blanco Counties.

Smith is a graduate of Yale University and the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

The following are the top ten contributors to Smith's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
TV/Movies/Music $78,300
Banks and Credit $65,450
Lawyers/Law Firms $53,550
Accountants $44,000
Misc Finance $43,150
Oil & Gas $42,250
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products      $40,500
Health Professionals $40,200
Computers/Internet $34,500
Insurance $32,800

 

House Oversight Committee to be chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa

California Rep. Darrell Issa has been named to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to the New York Times. Issa represents California's 49th Congressional District, which includes Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton.

The following are the top ten contributors to Issa's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $50,750
Computers/Internet $46,774
Public Sector Unions $41,000
Casinos/Gambling $39,700
Lawyers/Law Firms $39,404
Defense Electronics $39,000
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing      $27,350
Oil & Gas $26,500
Accountants $25,150
TV/Movies/Music $24,200

 

 Jeff Miller to Chair the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

According to an article in the New York Times, Rep. Jeff Miller will be the chairman for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs beginning with the 112th Congress. Miller represents Florida's 1st District.

The following are the top ten contributors to Miller's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Defense Electronics $42,400
Defense Aerospace $42,000
Health Professionals       $39,850
Misc Defense $33,550
Computers/Internet $26,500
Electric Utilities $24,250
Lawyers/Law Firms $21,050
Real Estate $14,150
Banks and Credit $12,100
Lobbyists $11,547

 

Sam Graves Will be Chairman of the House Small Business Committee

Rep. Sam Graves has been designated by Republican leadership to lead the House Committee on Small Business, according to an article in the New York Times. Graves, who represents the 6th District of Missouri, is currently serving as the Small Business Committee's ranking minority member.

The following are the top ten contributors to Graves's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Agricultural Services/Products $64,900
Air Transport $63,999
Automotive $47,500
Crop Production & Basic Processing      $47,000
Insurance $43,150
Banks and Credit $38,900
Public Sector Unions $33,500
Railroads $33,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $32,788
Telephone Utilities $31,400

 

John L. Mica Selected to Drive the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee

As the New York Times reports, John L. Mica will be the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. Mica represents Florida's 7th Congressional District located on Florida's east coast. Mica has been a member of the House since 1992. Rep. Mica currently serves as the ranking minority leader on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The following are the top ten contributors to Mica's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Air Transport $133,666
Construction Services $84,378
General Contractors $65,800
Lawyers/Law Firms $48,150
Railroads $46,500
Transportation Unions $39,000
Building Materials & Equipment     $30,250
Lobbyists $29,550
Sea Transport $27,650
Real Estate $20,950

 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Selected as House Foreign Affairs Chairman

According to the New York Times, the Republican leadership has chosen Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Ros-Lehtinen represents Florida's 18th Congressional District, which includes parts of Miami and the Florida Keys.

The following are the top ten contributors to Ros-Lehtinen's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Pro-Israel $148,607
Lawyers/Law Firms $118,851
Real Estate $85,742
Health Professionals $72,280
Human Rights $53,866
Lobbyists $38,200
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing      $34,300
Business Services $28,000
TV/Movies/Music $27,150
Securities & Investment $22,850

 

House Republicans Tap John Kline to Head Education and Labor Committee

Rep. John Kline, who represents Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, was chosen to lead the House Committee on Education and Labor according to the New York Times. Kline has served as the ranking minority member of the Education and Labor Committee since 2009.

The following are the top ten contributors to Kline's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Retail Sales $56,150
Education $52,600
Banks and Credit $46,408
Insurance $46,300
Securities & Investment $46,150
Lawyers/Law Firms $45,765
Lobbyists $35,882
Defense Aerospace $35,500
General Contractors $31,300
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing      $31,200

 

House Science and Technology Committee to be Chaired by Ralph Hall

Rep. Ralph Hall will be the chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee for the 112th Congress, according to the New York Times. Hall, who represents Texas's 4th Congressional district, is currently serving as the ranking minority member on the committee.

The following are the top ten contributors to Hall's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Health Professionals $56,800
Oil & Gas $51,050
Lawyers/Law Firms $31,100
Electric Utilities $30,000
Banks and Credit $25,350
Air Transport $22,999
Real Estate $20,850
Electronics Mfg & Services $19,200
Agricultural Services/Products      $18,750
Defense Aerospace $17,500

 

Doc Hastings to Chair House Natural Resources Committee 

The current ranking minority member of the House Natural Resources Committee is set to become its chair for the 112th Congress, according to the New York Times. Rep. Doc Hastings, who represents Washington's 4th Congressional District, will chair the committee that oversees federal land and water use, national parks and forests and Indian reservations.

As he notes on his Congressional website, the Natural Resources Committee is of particular importance to the Congressman's home state of Washington's major projects, namely the Bonneville Power Administration and the Columbia Basin and Yakima Projects, which all fall under the Natural Resource Committee's jurisdiction.

The following are the top ten contributors to Hastings's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Oil & Gas $75,921
Crop Production & Basic Processing       $55,337
Construction Services $25,900
Insurance $25,900
Health Professionals $24,150
Electric Utilities $23,350
Lawyers/Law Firms $20,000
General Contractors $19,275
Forestry & Forest Products $19,000
Casinos/Gambling $17,600

 

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