A minimum of political experience but a strong private-sector background is one feature of the new House Republican class, The Wall Street Journal reports
. The 87 GOP House members being sworn in today include several with extensive business resumes, and as committee members many will be in a position to oversee industries they know well.
"My background will be very helpful," said Rep. Bill Flores (pictured)
, a Texas oil and gas industry veteran. Flores plans to use his seat on the Natural Resources Committee to push for a reversal of the Obama administration's ban on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rep. Steve Fincher, a Tennessee farmer, has landed on the Agriculture Committee. Rep. Joe Walsh, a business consultant from suburban Chicago, joins the Small Business Committee.
Then there's Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City, who is bringing a Wall Street background of sorts to his role on the Financial Services Committee: As an FBI agent, Grimm posed undercover as a hedge-fund employee to break up an illegal trading scheme.
The probe led to several convictions but also convinced Grimm that most Wall Streeters are honest and hard-working, and could use an advocate in Congress.
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