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And in a move intended to avoid intraparty strife, current House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, who initially challenged Mr. Hoyer forwhip, was elected to the newly created position of assistant minority leader.

Only Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who served the past two election cycles as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - the House Democrats’ chief fundraising and recruiting arm - left a top leadership post.

But even Mr. Van Hollen was given a consolation prize, as the leadership team tabbed him to become the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee.

While the Armed Services and the Ways and Means committees have races for the top Democratic spot, neither features a challenge to a true incumbent leader.

Ways and Means Chairman Sander M. Levin of Michigan has been challenged by Rep. Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts. But Mr. Levin, who only who took control of the gavel months ago when former chairman Rep. Charles B. Rangel stepped aside while embroiled in an ethics investigation, was considered a temporary placeholder.

With the House’s censure of Mr. Rangel on Thursday for financial and fundraising misdeeds, the panel’s ranking- member spot is considered an open race.

The top Democratic spot on the House Armed Services Committee also is in doubt, but only after several of the panel’s leading Democrats, including Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri, lost re-election bids Nov. 2. Seeking the post are Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, considered the front-runner, and Reps. Adam Smith of Washington and Loretta Sanchez of California.