Ways, Means, Meek
Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, was chosen Tuesday to serve on Congress' most powerful tax-writing committee, the House Ways and Means Committee.
He becomes the only Floridian on the committee, which also oversees Social Security, Medicare and trade.
Republican Rep. Clay Shaw of Fort Lauderdale was the second-ranking Republican on the committee, but he was beaten last month. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fort Pierce, who resigned in the House page scandal, also served on the committee.
Meek, 40, has served in Congress for four years. In announcing Meek's appointment (which still needs official ratification by all House Democrats), incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him a "rising leader" who "knows how to make government work."