Berman elected foreign affairs chair


One Jewish congressman is succeeding another as the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), formerly the powerful committee’s deputy chairman, was elected Tuesday by Democratic lawmakers in a unanimous voice vote. He ran unopposed.

Berman became acting chairman last month following the death of Tom Lantos, also a California Democrat and the only Holocaust survivor elected to the House.

Four of the chairmen of the committee’s seven subcommittees are Jewish.

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