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U.S. House Science Committee Set For Big Turnover

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) is expected to relinquish his chairmanship of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee when the new Congress convenes in January.

A key science policymaking body in the U.S. House of Representatives is about to get a makeover. Ten current members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology have been defeated in this year's elections or are retiring, according to an analysis by ScienceInsider. That's one-quarter of the total membership.

The panel is also expected to get a new chair, as current chief Representative Ralph M. Hall (R-TX), is term-limited under current House rules. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is considered a favorite to win the gavel, but former committee chair Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) has reportedly expressed interest in regaining his old job.

The panel's senior Democrat, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), handily won reelection last night.

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