House freshmen harvested a bumper crop of 18 subcommittee chairs as Democratic leaders face pressure to give opportunities to the newcomers who put them in the majority.
Freshmen hold four of the five subcommittee chairmanships on the Small Business; Veterans’ Affairs; and Science, Space and Technology committees. The fifth subcommittee gavel on Science-Space went to a Democrat with less than a year of experience: Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), who took office last March after winning a special election.
The Homeland Security and Natural Resources committees each have two freshmen in charge of subcommittees.
The assignments helped Rep.