Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark held the acting chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee for just one day before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi replaced him with Michigan Democrat Rep. Sander Levin.
Levin will hold the seat until the ethics matters surrounding New York Congressman Charles Rangel are resolved and he either returns to the seat or is forced to step down permanently.
Stark assumed the chairmanship on a temporary basis under House rules but Pelosi told a meeting of all House Democrats Thursday that Levin was her choice and the party caucus put him into the chair. Stark returns to his position as chairman of the health subcommittee.
“I think you know my close relationship with Charlie,” Levin said of Rangel. “At this point, I’m acting chairman.”
Some House Democrats, however, doubt the scandal-scarred Rangel will ever be able to return to the chairman’s post.
The 78-year-old Levin represents the auto industry area near Detroit and was first elected to Congress in 1982. His younger brother, Carl Levin, is a Senator and chairs the Armed Services Committee.
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