U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi has announced via social media that he is seeking to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Excited for @RepPaulRyan to be Speaker and to be running for @WaysandMeansGOP Chairman.”
That was the word from Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, on his Twitter account Oct. 22, not long after Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin made his announcement that he intends to run for Speaker of the House. Ryan is the current chairman of House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, announced Sunday that he, too, is running for chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He is the current chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and former chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade.
“The next chairman of the Ways and Means Committee will have to hit the ground running,” Brady said in a prepared statement. “In addition to major accomplishments as leader of two subcommittees and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, I’ve worked hard to earn a reputation for fairness, hard work and respect for member’s opinions across the spectrum.”
Brady and two other committee members — Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas and Rep. Devin Nunes of California — hold the advantage in seniority over Tiberi. Neither Johnson nor Nunes have announced any intention to seek the committee chairmanship.
Tiberi has served as representative of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District since he was first elected in November 2000. He is a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, currently serving as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade. Previously, Tiberi served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. Before his work on the Ways and Means Committee, he served as chairman of the Committee on Select Education.
A spokesman from Tiberi’s office said Monday that he was unavailable for comment.
Should Tiberi win the Ways and Means Committee’s top post, he wouldn’t be the first junior member to do so. Ryan was a junior member when he was chosen to be the chairman earlier this year.
The House Ways and Means Committee has served as a springboard to higher office for many of its members since its creation in 1789. According to the committee website, eight committee members have gone on to become president of the United States and another eight members have served as vice president. Twenty-one members have later served as Speaker of the House. Four future Supreme Court justices have come from the ranks of the committee membership.
Andrew Carter can be reached at 740-413-0902 and on Twitter @AndrewCarterDG.