A likely but as-yet-unnamed shift to a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives will see several New Jerseyans lose key committee and subcommittee chairmanships.

Frank Pallone Jr. (D-Long Branch) will lose one of the biggest prizes on Capitol Hill: the chairmanship of the very powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Five New Jersey Democrats will lose their subcommittee positions: Donald Norcross (D-Ewing) chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Ground Forces; Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-Patterson) is chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee; Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark) chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials; Mickey Sherrill (D-Montclair) is chairman of the Environment Subcommittee on Science, Space and Technology; and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) will no longer chair the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security.

But at least one New Jersey Republican is set to step up: Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) is expected to become chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights.

Albio Sayres (D-New York) is retiring this year from the House seat he has held since 2006. He chaired the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Affairs for four years, but would have lost that position anyway. The House loss won’t affect Sayers: He’s set to return to the job he loved most when he runs for mayor of Western New York in May 2023.

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