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Upper Midwest Representatives Receive New US House Committee Assignments

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Earlier this week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced new Committee assignments for Freshmen members, plus added existing members to new Committees as Democrats increased their membership on Committees with their 30 seat gain in November's election.

Starting his 6th term, Ron Kind (WI-03) was assigned to the influential Ways and Means Committee. Kind already serves on the House Budget, Education and Workforce, and Resources Committees.

Also beginning his 6th term, Leonard Boswell (IA-03) will now serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, along with his previous commitments on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Agriculture Committee, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

All new Democratic House members from the Upper Midwest received Committee memberships from Pelosi:

Financial Services Committee:
Keith Ellison (MN-05)

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Steve Kagen (WI-08)

Agriculture Committee:
Tim Walz (MN-01)

Education and Workforce Committee:
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)

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