Veteran Texas Rep. ready for powerful chairman's role

In this Nov. 6, 2015, photo, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House's newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a South Dakota Democratic family and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a family of stalwart Democrats from South Dakota and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting.

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