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Lawmakers to watch in 113th Congress

Now that the election is over, the GOP-controlled House is moving fast to line up its leadership for the 113th Congress beginning in January. Below are the lawmakers that will be calling the shots on policy impacting media, advertising and technology businesses.

Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.)
Chairman, Energy and Commerce
Once again, Upton was selected by his colleagues to serve as the chairman of the Energy & Commerce. One of the most powerful committees in the House with one of the broadest jurisdictions, the committee tackles issues from privacy to radio spectrum to marketing guidelines to Internet regulation.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)
Vice chairman, Energy and Commerce

The scrappy rep from Tennessee's 7th congressional district is one of the top conservatives in the House and has been an unapologetic champion of the free market and less regulation.

Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

A rising star in the House, Walden is returning as subcommittee chairman. A former broadcaster, Walden was one of the leading lawmakers on the bill that authorized wireless spectrum auctions. He's also been a thorn in the side of the Federal Communications Commission, sponsoring legislation that decried the FCC's net neutrality rules and crafting legislation to reform the agency's processes.

Rep. Lee Terry (Neb.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Communications, Manufacturing and Trade

Terry has stood shoulder to shoulder with Upton and Walden on communications policy. He's replacing Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) who lost re-election in a close race. If he follows Bono Mack's lead, this will be the subcommittee for privacy, data security and consumer protection hearings.

Rep. Tim Murphy (Penn.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Beginning his sixth term in Congress, Murphy is replacing Rep. Cliff Stearns (Fla.) who lost the election in the primary. A psychologist by trade, he is a leader on health issues—which will come in handy for this subcommittee, which has investigated the health care law—as well as oversight of agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Va.)
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee

Goodlatte moves up from chairman of the subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, besting several other more senior committee members. He is replacing Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx.) who reached the term limit for leading a committee under House GOP Rules. Not without controversy, Goodlatte was involved in drafting the Stop Online Piracy Act, which blew up when the Internet community stopped the bill dead in its tracks by mobilizing consumers to email and phone Congress. 

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