Texas Republican Sam Johnson Set To Serve As Interim Chairman Of Ways And Means Committee

After Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan was successful elected totake over for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, Rep.Sam Johnson was named temporary chairman of the Ways and MeansCommittee.

The 85-year-old Texan will take over Ryan’s duties until apermanent replacement is elected.

“I am honored to serve the Ways and MeansCommittee during this time of transition. Under ChairmanRyan’s leadership we have enjoyed greatsuccesses, and I will continue to focus our efforts on criticalissues moving forward,” Johnson said in a statement.

Reps. Kevin Brady and Pat Tiberi have announced theirbids for the top spot on the tax-writing committee. California Rep.Devin Nunes is expected to make a decision on whether or not hewill run soon.

After Ryan’s successor is elected, Johnson will returnto his position as the chairman of the Social SecuritySubcommittee.

No date has been announced on when the vote will occur.

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