WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Kline will continue to chair the House Education and Workforce Committee during the next Congress.
Kline has chaired the committee since Republicans took back control of the House in 2011, and he’s been the committee’s ranking Republican since mid-2009 when Republicans were in the minority. He was expected to hold the post into next year, despite some question about his potentially needing a waiver to get around term limits for House committee leadership. No word on if that was necessary in the end.
(Technically, Kline’s chairmanship was recommended by the House Republican Steering Committee, and the GOP caucus will vote on it later this week, but that’s a formality.)
In a video released after this month’s election, Kline outlined in broad terms his vision for the committee’s work going forward, emphasizing local control of education over federally mandated policy.
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