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Lofgren out, Linda Sanchez in as top Democrat on House Ethics Committee

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.
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One Californian is out; another is in as the top Democrat in a job nobody really wants: serving in leadership on the House Ethics Committee.

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of San Jose will step down and to replace her as the ranking Democrat, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tapped former labor lawyer Linda Sanchez, the congresswoman from Lakewood.

Lofgren led the House Ethics Committee during one of its most active and contentious periods. Last year, New York Democrat Charles Rangel was censured by the House for 11 ethics violations. This week, the panel dismissed charges against three members, including Republican Congressman John Campbell of Irvine.

An investigation is still ongoing into allegations that Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Angeles used political influence for personal gain.

Sanchez herself had a brush with the ethics committee two years ago for sharing staff with sister Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. But no official action was taken by the committee.