Note: This blog's templates will be updated this afternoon to a responsive design bringing it in line with

At that time, we will also change to the Facebook commenting system. You will need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment.

« Civil rights era roars back at Capitol | Main | Rick Scott to study major Port of Miami project »

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: The sole woman chair among 17 in the House

USA Today points out that the Miami Republican -- who will become chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in January -- is the only woman to chair a House committee.

Democrats only had a handful of women in chairs as well, including New York Dem Louise Slaughter, who led the influential Rules Committee, NY Dem Nydia Velazquez, chair of the Small Business Committee and California Dem Zoe Lofgren, who heads up the ethics committee.

Ros-Lehtinen made no secret that she wants to become a chairman to be reckoned with, saying her top two priorities are oversight of the Obama adminstration's foreign policy goals and trimming back foreign aid. Foreign policy analysts say the second will be tough: most foreign aid is directed at Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East.