David Camp Named Chairman for House Ways and Means Committee

Chad Outler | December 17, 2010

Dec. 17, 2010 -- As Janie Lorber writes for the New York Times, the Republican leadership has chosen Rep. David Camp as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the 112th Congress. Camp currently serves as the ranking minority member on Ways and Means.

Camp represents Michigan's 4th Congressional District, which includes portions of the northwest section of the state's Lower Peninsula.

Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the U.S. Congress, according to the Committee's congressional website. Ways and Means has "jurisdiction over revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States," as well asSocial Security and Medicare.

The following are the top ten contributors to Camp's campaign by interest group:

Health Professionals$194,119
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products       $168,400
Securities & Investment$141,919
Lawyers/Law Firms$86,250
Health Services/HMOs$83,200
Electric Utilities$82,750
Banks and Credit$79,750
Retail Sales$75,150

Rep. David Camp will replace Michigan Democrat Sander Levin as chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. The following are the top ten contributors to Levin's campaign by interest group:

Lawyers/Law Firms$190,627
Health Professionals$131,900
Real Estate$90,550
Public Sector Unions$69,500
Hospitals/Nursing Homes       $69,350
Electric Utilities$58,000
Industrial Unions$55,500
Building Trade Unions$52,500

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (