Hill panels play musical chairs

Term limits alter lineup of House GOP committee chieftains

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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