Kitty Felde |

Ranking members from California

It's mostly a case of same names, different titles. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced late Thursday night the names of the ranking members of various committees.  In other words, when the GOP becomes the majority party in January in the House of Representatives, Democrats lose their chairman jobs.

Van Nuys Congressman Howard Berman will be the top Democrat - again - on the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Congressman George Miller of Martinez in the Bay area is the ranking member on Education and Labor.  And Bob Filner of Chula Vista remains the minority leader on the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

LA Democrat Henry Waxman was selected as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month.

Garden Grove Democrat Loretta Sanchez was not successful in her bid to become the first woman to chair the House Armed Services Committee.