As expected, Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, was re-elected as the top Democrat on the House Education and Labor Committee today.
But after four years of Democratic control, Miller will have to relinquish his cherished chairmanship to the new majority.
Life in the minority is familiar territory for Miller, though. A 36-year veteran of Congress, Miller has experienced political life from both sides.
Here is what Miller had to say today:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the current chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement after the House Democratic caucus voted today to make him the senior Democrat on the Education and Labor Committee in the 112th Congress.
“I am truly privileged to have the confidence of the House Democratic caucus to continue to be the top Democrat on the Education and Labor Committee. It has been an honor to serve as chairman during the committee’s most productive years on behalf of America’s working families and students. While the next Congress will bring new challenges, I will not lose sight of the committee’s responsibly to ensure that workers are treated fairly on the job and students can be successful in the classroom. I fully intend to work with Chairman-elect John Kline to forge consensus on important issues where we can, but I will not hesitate to stand up when special interests are put ahead of workers and students.”