Michigan Republican joins House environment panel

By Nico Portuondo | 04/12/2024 06:26 AM EDT

The Energy and Commerce Committee announced several moves Thursday.

Rep. John James (R-Mich.).

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

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders announced new subcommittee rosters Thursday, including sending their newest member to the environment panel.

Michigan Republican John James will now have a chance to consider legislation on electric vehicle issues and critical mineral supply chains and oversee EPA as a member of the Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials Subcommittee.

James has said he would like to continue the legacy of prominent Energy and Commerce members from Michigan — like former Chair Fred Upton — by focusing on a strong domestic auto industry and related supply chains.


Already, he’s leading an upcoming Congressional Review Act resolution that would overturn EPA’s controversial tailpipe rule for cars and light trucks.