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Wisconsin second to California in House Budget Committee spots

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's position as chairman isn't the only reason the House Budget Committee has a Wisconsin tilt.

Five members of the Badger State's House delegation sit on the budget committee, second only to the six members from California. And while California's six members are part of that state's 53-member delegation, more than half of Wisconsin's delegation sits on the panel.

Ryan, R-Janesville, received a waiver to continue as chairman of the committee in the new session despite normal term limits. He's been joined on the GOP side by second-term Reps. Sean Duffy of Weston and Reid Ribble of Sherwood.

On the Dem side, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee returned to the committee this session, while freshman U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan of Madison joined the committee.

Indiana has three members on the committee; no other state has more than two.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, each sit on the Senate's budget committee, making Wisconsin the lone state with members of each party on the panel. Both senators from Oregon and Virginia -- all Dems -- also sit on the Budget Committee.


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