- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says he is disappointed by the House speaker’s choices of who will lead and serve on House committees.

Edwards, a Democrat, said Friday that Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras named too few Democrats to committee chairmanships in the majority GOP chamber.

For the 16 House standing committees, Barras selected 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats to be committee chairs.

The governor says partisanship seemed to determine the assignments and the committee makeups aren’t consistent with how Barras indicated he would handle the decisions. Louisiana has a history of bipartisan committee leadership.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1UvFe6b ) that Barras says his selections didn’t reflect a political agenda and he doesn’t believe he misled Edwards.

Barras won the House’s top leadership job over Edwards’ choice, Democrat Rep. Walt Leger.


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