Markey Seeks Natural Resources Post

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Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the former chairman and ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee, said last night he would seek the top Democratic slot on the House Natural Resources Committee.

He will keep his senior status on the House Energy & Commerce committee.

With the defeat of Rick Boucher (D-W. Va.), the current chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, Markey's path to return as ranking member of the subcommittee, had he wanted it, appeared clear. Markey gave up that ranking post to Boucher in January 2009 to chair an energy subcommittee, essentially trading gavels with Boucher, who had chaired that subcommittee.

With Markey setting his sights on energy and the environment--though sure to keep his hand in telecom policy issues--leading candidates for ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee are said to be Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)