In a close and hard-fought leadership challenge, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) won the Chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) on Thursday. Dingell had Chaired the Committee or served as Ranking Member (when the Republicans were in the majority) since 1981.
The Waxman coup is expected to accelerate passage of energy, climate and health legislation backed by President-elect Obama. Dingell has been a champion of archetypical Democratic causes but he does have ties to business (his wife is a GM senior executive). Waxman has been known as an advocate of more extreme legislation, as a believer that current legislation has been inadequate in these areas.
More details are available from the NY Times Article.
Waxman’s Leadership may have an effect on the aviation community. Because of its high profile, Aviation is a frequent target for environmentalists. For PMA manufacturers who are able to demonstrate environmental improvements through their PMA parts, this could be a particularly lucrative market. Environmental improvementsrecognized through PMA parts could include improved engine fuel economy, increased noise reduction, and/or reduced emissions.