House Energy & Commerce Committee Names Bloomquist General Counsel

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House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has tapped deputy general counsel Michael Bloomquist to become general counsel of the committee, which has oversight of the Federal Communications Committee.

Bloomquist succeeds Jim Barnette, who has been the general counsel under the last four GOP chairs. Barnette is leaving the committee.

Bloomquist also served as general counsel to the Join Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Upton was a member).