March 16, 2007
Regula losing clout?
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON Rep. Ralph Regula's clout
has plummeted since Democrats took control of Congress, according
to an assessment of lawmakers' power released Thursday.
But for a
Republican, the Bethlehem Township lawmaker is still ranked pretty
high - 150th out of 435 lawmakers - in a report from Knowlegis, a
government relations company.
an 18-term veteran and senior member of the powerful House
Appropriations Committee, ranked a much higher 10th in Knowlegis'
first report published last year.
be expected of a freshman, Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, doesn't
appear high in the rankings. But at 252nd, he's still in the top
60 percent - better than many more senior members of Congress.
the state's senators scored low. Freshman Sen. Sherrod Brown,
D-Avon, ranked 84th out of 100 senators. Two-term Sen. George
Voinovich, R-Cleveland, came in at 90th.
analysis that purports to measure the many variables that go into
making a lawmaker influential or powerful, this one is certain to
be criticized for being arbitrary.
report noted Regula's powerful committee assignment, and the fact
he serves as ranking member of one of the appropriations
lawmakers in Ohio serve on such powerful committees.
Ryan, D-Niles, ranked 179th - below Regula - even though the
third-term lawmaker is in the majority party. Ryan won a spot on
the Appropriations Committee this year.
Ohioans, the highest ranking in the report were House Minority
Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester, ranked fifth in the House;
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, ranked 64th; and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs
Jones, D-Cleveland, ranked 79th.