Michigan Republican joins Energy and Commerce Committee

By Kelsey Brugger | 03/13/2024 06:37 AM EDT

Freshman John James will replace former Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson, who left Congress in January.

Rep. John James (R-Mich.).

Rep. John James (R-Mich.) is joining the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The House Republican Steering Committee selected Michigan Rep. John James of to fill a vacant seat on the coveted Energy and Commerce Committee.

Six freshmen were vying for a spot that opened up after Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) left Congress in January to run a university.

Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is retiring, told E&E News that James, who has worked for a global supply chain management service company, would be a great addition to the panel.


“I think he’s going to be a strong member of the Energy and Commerce Committee,” she said. “From a district perspective, one of his priorities is American manufacturing, American energy independence. He’s wanted to be on Energy and Commerce since day one and he brings a lot of experience and passion to the issues.”