Canton Repository

March 18, 2005

Regula renamed to Smithsonian, NATO group

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON — Though he failed to win the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee earlier this year, Rep. Ralph Regula does not appear in danger of losing his clout.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has reappointed the high-ranking appropriator to the Smithsonian Board of Regents and as a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, an organization that supports the development of consensus within the NATO organization.

“It is an honor to be selected by the speaker to represent the House of Representatives in these two prestigious positions,” Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, said in a statement.

The Smithsonian Board is the policy making body for the institution, which includes 18 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo.

Regula, the vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, has served on the Smithsonian Board since 1999 and is one of six members of Congress on the board. He retains the post even though he no longer serves on the appropriations’ Interior Subcommittee.

Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., when he became appropriations chairman in January, moved Regula from the Interior Subcommittee to the Transportation, Treasury and Housing Subcommittee as part of an overall reorganization.

As chairman of the Interior panel for six years, Regula shaped policy and spending on national parks and cultural initiatives. He has led the influential Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee since 2001.

Regula is a longtime member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which is made up of 248 officials from the central governments of 26 NATO member nations.