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Conn. Rep. DeLauro Wins Chairmanship Of Powerful House Appropriations Committee

In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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In this Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut will assume a new role as chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

House Democrats voted by a nearly two-to-one margin in favor of DeLauro over Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

Democratic colleagues said DeLauro will now become the most powerful Connecticut lawmaker in Washington for generations. Her fellow Representative John Larson compared her to Jonathan Trumbull, who served as the country’s second-ever Speaker of the House in the 1790s.

DeLauro said being elected chair is the greatest honor of her life. But she warned that Congress will likely face gridlock, despite Democratic control of the House and the White House.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.