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U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) has been named the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee.

Kline now top House education, labor Republican

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ST. PAUL - John Kline used to carry the "football" nuclear codes for President Ronald Reagan; now he will carry Republican ideals in the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee.

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The 28-member Republican Steering Committee today gave the Minnesota congressman the nod over Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Joe Wilson of South Carolina. Kline replaces Rep. Buck McKeon of California, who recently became the Armed Services Committee's top Republican.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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