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Hensarling to head House FSC

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Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, was today named by Republicans as the new head of the House Financial Services Committee.

He succeeds Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., who was term-limited by House Republican Conference rules.

Also of note, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., a key figure on insurance regulatory issues, was named chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. His office was not available to comment on whether he would remain a member of the FSC as well.

In another key appointment, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., will remain as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, where he will play a critical role in determining the future of tax provisions affecting the insurance industry.

At the same time, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the Budget Committee, was the only term limited-affected Republican House chairman to retain his seat. He obtained a waiver from House Republican rules to remain as a chairman for a fourth term.

It remains unclear who will replace Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., as chairman of the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity of the FSC.

Hensarling is a former aide to Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, and helped write the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which the insurance industry sought as a means of keeping banks out of their business. He will likely continue to work to limit federal regulation of insurance.


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