Republicans jockey for Energy and Commerce promotion

By Kelsey Brugger | 03/19/2024 06:32 AM EDT

The top Republican slot on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is up for grabs. Two members were talking up colleagues last week at the GOP retreat.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) speaks during a press conference.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) during a press conference on Capitol Hill last year. He's running to become top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The race to be the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee may be several months away, but campaigning for the position has already begun.

Last week’s House GOP policy retreat in West Virginia served as an early audition for the campaign to lead one of the chamber’s top panels.

Two contenders have already announced bids for the post being vacated by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.): Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio). They used the Greenbrier resort, where the retreat was held, to lobby for the role.


Guthrie was spotted roaming the halls of the storied Greenbrier, where fewer than 100 Republicans made the trip for the annual issues conference.