New York now has 5 House members leading committees

WASHINGTON – New York is in the House.

For the first time in modern history, New York will have five House members in charge of committees.

Since 1949, there have been four instances when New York had three chairs, but five at one time is an anomaly.

“It is great for our nation,” said Rep. Nydia Velázquez, the new chair of the House Small Business Committee. “Not only are we representing New York, but the work that we will be doing will have an impact nationwide. It’s so gratifying to see that New York is at the table.”

New York’s power was on full display Friday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the official photo with the 24 chairs of House committees.

Joining Velázquez as committee chairs are Rep. Jerry Nadler at the Judiciary Committee; Rep. Nita Lowey at Appropriations; Rep. Eliot Engel taking the gavel at Foreign Affairs and Rep. Carolyn Maloney at the Joint Economic Committee.

California and Texas have had five committee chairs simultaneously in the past, but in this Congress it will be New York with the most.

During the photo, Pelosi marveled at the diversity of the chairmen and the power they now hold.

“Think majority, majority, majority!” Pelosi said, prompting bright smiles as the cameras snapped.

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