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Ryan to rejoin powerful House Appropriations Committee

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 12, 2012

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan got his Christmas wish -- a reappointment to the powerful House Appropriations Committee he was booted off of in 2010 when the Democrats lost control of Congress.

Ryan, D-Niles, told the Beacon Journal last month that his committee appointments likely would factor into his decision about whether to run for Ohio governor in 2014. He noted that he was hoping for a return to the appropriations committee, which decides the budget.

Ryan said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday that he hasn't yet decided about seeking a gubernatorial bid.

"He is still mulling," said Pat Lowry, Ryan's spokesman. "He will have something to say after the first of the year."

Summit County is well represented on the appropriations committee, with U.S. Rep. David Joyce, R-Novelty, appointed to the committee last month.

Joyce was elected in November to replace retiring long-time Congressman Steve LaTourette. Ryan and Joyce are among four Congressional representatives whose districts now include parts of Summit County.

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