House Speaker John Boehner recently announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out that they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they are all white men.
Certainly, it is foolish to say that there are no worthy females for such positions, as Mitt Romney famously quoted in the second presidential debate, he has binders full of them. The only female committee chair that House Republicans currently have is Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) who is stepping down because her term is up.
One Senate Democrat was quick to point out that there is something missing from the Republican lineup. Senator Patty Murray tweeted:
Disappointed to see House committee chairmanships in the 113th Congress will not include a single woman. -PM speaker.gov/press-release/…— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) November 27, 2012
Among many other Republicans former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan remains one of the most anti-female candidates in the GOP. And unfortunately, his perspective regarding female participation in mainstream politics speaks for the remaining GOP.
In stark contrast to the Republican stance on female and their involvement in politics, House Democrats will likely have five women as ranking member committees.