Greg Walden (R-OR) has spent many years looking out for the concerns of broadcasters as one of the few members of the House of Representatives to actually have experience running a radio group. He has since moved up into the upper echelon of Republican House leaders, and will be working between now and next year to assure a smooth transition as the party takes over the House.
Walden was named chairman of the Republican leadership back in March 2010.
At the time, he also gave up his key seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, handing it over to Parker Griffith when he went from (D-AL) to (R-AL). However, it was announced at the time that Walden would retain his seniority on the Committee and would return their in January 2011.
Before that happens, however, he will be overseeing about 12-20 members divided into several committees designed to put the pieces in place for a smooth Republican takeover of the chamber in January when the 112th Congress is sworn in.