Control of the House is still up in the air, but GOP lawmakers are already positioning themselves for plum leadership assignments. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina is among them.
In a sign of his ambitions for landing a more senior role with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Duncan is circulating “a policy blueprint for nuclear innovation and competitiveness.”
Unlike full committee chairs and ranking members, Duncan wouldn’t need to win a vote from the House GOP Steering Committee to assume a subcommittee chair position.
He does, however, need to win the support of the panel’s current top Republican, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who is expected to become the Energy and Commerce chair and gets to make the subcommittee member assignments.
Internal jockeying has already begun for subcommittee leadership slots, so it behooves Duncan to come out quickly with his policy vision and establish himself as a player with the private sector.
Duncan’s office said the …