Pallone nabs ranking spot on Energy and Commerce

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) in Long Branch on Monday.

House Democrats this morning chose New Jersey’s U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to be the ranking member of a powerful energy committee in the next Congress, according to reports.

In a 100-90 vote, Pallone came out the top choice ahead of challenger Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to sit on the Energy and Commerce committee. His win is seen as a blow to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who had come out in strong and vocal support of Eschoo for the post, according to The Hill. 

Pallone will replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the committee.

Pallone nabs ranking spot on Energy and Commerce