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With new House majority, Rep. Bobby Scott eyes chairmanship

With control of the House flipping to the Democrats, Scott announced Wednesday his intention to become chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, when the 116th Congress convenes in January.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) — Following a night that saw Democrats make huge gains in the House of Representatives, a Hampton Roads Congressman is hoping for a leadership position in the next Congressional session.

Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott -- whose 3rd Congressional District includes Portsmouth, Newport News, Isle of Wight, and parts of Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, and Suffolk -- easily won re-election Tuesday night after running unopposed.

With control of the House flipping to the Democrats, Scott announced Wednesday his intention to become chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, when the 116th Congress convenes in January.

In a letter to his Democratic colleagues, Scott wrote, "I am proud to have served as the Committee’s Ranking Member for the past four years, and I look forward to working with you to advance our goals as we enter the Majority."

Scott is the longest-serving member of Virginia's Congressional delegation, having served in the House since 1993.

Rep. Bobby Scott's letter to Democratic colleagues by 13News Now on Scribd