In the House, G.O.P. Picks 20 Chairmen and 1 Chairwoman. Again.

 Steve Kenny NOVEMBER 19, 2014 NYT FD


Representative Candice S. Miller, Republican of Michigan, on Capitol Hill last year. Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Good Wednesday morning from Washington, where efforts to curtail the nation’s domestic spying have stalled in Congress, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York will find himself among some much-needed friends, and Republican leaders in the House stuck with an (almost) all-male lineup of committee leaders. Plus: ShouldMitt Romney grow a beard?

Republicans have announced their new leadership lineup and its makeup is very much like the old one – lacking women.

Only one of the House of Representatives committees in the next Congress will be headed by a chairwoman rather than a chairman.

Committee leaders tend to have greater influence and fund-raising power within their party and of the 19 standing committees and the two select committees, 20 will be led by men and one by a woman.

Candice S. Miller of Michigan, will remain the chairwoman of the Administration Committee. (It’s something like the chamber’s general manager and accountant, and it oversees the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and the National Zoo.)

The issue has come up before. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich made a high-profile plea for more diversity in 2012 in an interview with Jay Leno on the Tonight show. Mr. Gingrich called it a “real problem for the Republican Party.”

“Outreach is when five white guys have a meeting and call you,” he said. “Inclusion is if you’re in the meeting.”

Women fare better in the party’s House leadership, where three of the eight members are women. One of them, Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, told The National Journal in October that the lack of chairwomen was because “women came in and they haven’t stayed in as long as the men have.”

Having just won the Senate majority, Republicans may not name their committee leaders until January, after the Louisiana race is settled. In the current Democratic-controlled Senate, 6 of the 16 standing committees are led by women, and women run both the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Committee on Ethics.