Appropriations Chairman Plans To Appoint Ranking Democrat As Subcommittee Chair

1/11/18

By Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee will name a ranking Democrat as a subcommittee chairman on the powerful budget panel.

Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, said Wednesday that he plans to make Del. Luke E. Torian, D-Prince William, chairman of the Subcommittee on General Government & Capital Outlay, pending committee appointments by new House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights.

Jones intends to announce subcommittee assignments Thursday after Cox completes appointments under new rules adopted by the House of Delegates that ensure proportional representation on committees and subcommittees despite the GOP’s 51-49 majority in a chamber radically changed by elections in November.

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