January 08, 2011
GOP rejects illegal immigration hard-liner Rep. Steve King as panel chairman
By Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, January 7, 2011; 11:47 PM
"In a surprise move, the House Judiciary Committee's most prominent voice against illegal immigration was passed over Friday in his quest to lead the committee's immigration subpanel.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) announced that Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.) would head the immigration subcommittee, a move that came barely 24 hours after Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had introduced a bill that sought to prevent children of undocumented immigrants from becoming citizens.
While King was the ranking Republican on the subcommittee in the last Congress, ahead of Gallegly, Smith's spokeswoman, Kim Smith, pointed out in an interview that Gallegly was the more senior member of the Judiciary Committee...".