U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers has joined a handful of freshman Republicans taking over subcommittees in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ellmers, of Dunn, will become chairwoman of the subcommittee on health and technology within the Small Business Committee, announced committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri today.
Ellmers is a nurse and runs a small business with her husband, a physician. She was supported by tea party activists and campaigned heavily last year against the new health care law. Ellmers voted this month with other House Republicans to repeal the overhaul.
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Care and Technology,” Ellmers said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Chairman Graves and my colleagues to promote economic growth and private sector job creation through work on this important subcommittee.”
Graves issued a statement as well: “As a nurse and small business owner, Renee Ellmers will be a great resource as the Committee examines ways we can improve the health care law without creating new problems for American entrepreneurs.”
Ellmers is one of several freshmen who have been named to chair subcommittees, a plum assignment for a lawmaker in his or her first year. Her appointment could signal the efforts of GOP leadership to include tea party-supported members in the new Congress.