DeLauro hopes to keep powerful committee perch

Rep. Rosa DeLauro will vie to keep her top post on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, her spokeswoman said Monday.

The 3rd District congresswoman currently serves as co-chair of the steering committee thanks to an appointment from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the aftermath of the elections, Democrats voted to curb Pelosi’s power to tap her top allies for those positions, making them elected instead of appointed jobs.

The steering panel exercises considerable behind-the-scenes power, doling out coveted committee assignments to House Democrats. Before the Thanksgiving break, DeLauro said she wasn’t sure if she’d run for election in the wake of the rules change. But on Monday, her office said she had decided to go for it.