While the 109th Congress adjourned last weekend, the Democratic Leadership in the House has been busy this week planning for next year. Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has announced nominees for key committees in the House including, of most interest to S-CORP members, the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

One of S-CORP’s priorities for 2007 will be to establish constituent relationships with these new committee members, to help further our legislative goals of modernizing S corp rules and blocking unwarranted tax increases. We would very much appreciate your contacting us (at nhawley@vennstrategies.com) if you have a presence in these districts:

B7 Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR) represents the 3rd Congressional District of Oregon. His district includes North Portland, Northeast Portland, Southeast Portland, East Portland, Multnomah County, and Clackamas County. Multnomah County and Clackamas County divide the district, with Multnomah being the north side and Clackamas being the south side. The cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, and Fairview are all within Multnomah County. On the eastern side of the district lies Columbia Gorge and East County. The city of Sandy and the Mt. Hood corridor are located within Clackamas County.

Rep. Ron Kind (WI) represents the 3rd Congressional District of Wisconsin. The Mississippi River runs through the district, which lies on the southwestern side of the state. The 3rd district borders Illinois to the south and Iowa and Minnesota to the east. St. Croix, Dunn, Eau Claire, and Clark counties lie in the northern section of the district. Grant, Lafayette, and Iowa counties lie in the southern section. Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin, and Pierce lie of the western side. On the east lie Jackson, Juneau, Sauk, Monroe, and Richland.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ) represents the 8th Congressional District of New Jersey. Atlantic City lies in the southern end; the cities of Camden and Trenton lie in the western end; Newark, Paterson and Jersey City lie in the northern end. Passaic County and Essex County

Rep. Shelley Berkley (NV) represents Nevadab�s 1st Congressional District. The 1st district encompasses North Las Vegas and extends upwards to Floyd Lamb State Park.

Rep. Joe Crowley (NY) represents the 7th district of New York. This district includes Queens and the Bronx.

Rep. Kendrick Meek (FL) represents the 17th district of Florida. The 17th district includes parts of Miami-Dade county and also Broward County. The city of North Miami lies on the southern side, with Hollywood and Pembroke Pines lying on the northern side. Carol City is on the western side and North Miami Beach in on the east.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD) represents Marylandb�s 8th Congressional District. The cities of Rockville, Aspen Hill, Bethesda, and Silver Spring are all inside the 8th district. The 8th district is located inside Montgomery County.

Please also find attached to this email the biographies of these members.

Below is an updated Ways and Means Committee roster with the new members included. We expect the Republicans to have one or two vacancies to fill and will report back with these nominations when they are made.

2007 House Ways and Means Committee
Current Roster (As of 12/12/06)
Incoming Chairman Charles Rangel (NY)

Democrats (24)

Fortney “Pete” Stark, CA
Sander M. Levin, MI
Jim McDermott, WA
John Lewis, GA
Richard E. Neal, MA
Michael R. McNulty, NY
John S. Tanner, TN
Xavier Becerra, CA
Lloyd Doggett, TX
Earl Pomeroy, ND
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, OH
Mike Thompson, CA
John B. Larson, CT
Rahm Emanuel, IL
Earl Blumenauer, OR
Ron Kind, WI
Bill Pascrell, NJ
Shelley Berkley, NV
Joe Crowley, NY
Kendrick Meek, FL
Chris Van Hollen, MD
Allyson Schwartz, PA
Artur Davis, AL

Republicans (15)

Jim McCrery, LA, Ranking Member
Wally Herger, CA
Dave Camp, MI
Jim Ramstad, MN
Sam Johnson, TX
Phil English, PA
Jerry Weller, IL
Kenny C. Hulshof, MO
Ron Lewis, KY
Kevin Brady, TX
Thomas M. Reynolds, NY
Paul Ryan, WI
Eric Cantor, VA
John Linder, GA
Devin Nunes, CA
1-2 Vacancies to be filled