Hill panels play musical chairs

Term limits alter lineup of House GOP committee chieftains

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Chairmanships for the House administration and ethics committees will be selected later this year.

House Republicans have been taking flak for a lack of racial and gender diversity — all their chairmen are white and male — in their leadership picks.

The only GOP minority or woman currently serving as a committee chairman, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is stepping down from the post because of chairmanship term limits.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who earlier this month was elected House conference chairman — considered the fourth-rung of the HouseGOP leadership ladder — is the highest ranking House Republican woman or minority.

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