Granger to give up House spending gavel

By Emma Dumain | 03/22/2024 04:17 PM EDT

Also, Rep. Mike Gallagher, chair of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, is leaving Congress early.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).

House Appropriations Chair Kay Granger (R-Texas). J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Republican leaders are continuing to lose committee chairs and members of the rank and file.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, revealed Friday she would step down from her perch once leaders pick a replacement.

Granger, who already announced she’d be retiring at the end of the term, said in a letter to Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) she wanted to “ensure a seamless transition before [fiscal 2025] bill development begins in earnest.”


She acknowledged that “an election year often results in final appropriations bills not getting enacted until well into the next fiscal year,” meaning that, if she stayed on as chair, she would risk leaving office before she could finish what she started.