But he certainly did occupy at various times some of its key positions, chairing and serving on critical committees.
No sooner had he formally opened the meeting, however, than it became clear he was not chairing it unaided.
To be sure, the presidential role is entirely ceremonial: chairing meetings, shaking hands.
Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?
The chairing of the successful candidates took place on August 2nd.
That chairing has gone out should be a source of extraordinary relief at Westminster.
The chairing took place on the day following the declaration of the poll.
On the 27th the newly-elected members dined with their supporters at the Norfolk Hotel, and the chairing took place on the 28th.
He did not join in the fierce acclamation; he did not wait to see the chairing of Bobby and Trigson.
Its chairing of the bards is an ancient ceremony; its gorsedd of bards is probably modern.
early 13c., chaere, from Old French chaiere "chair, seat, throne" (12c.; Modern French chaire "pulpit, throne;" the more modest sense having gone since 16c. with variant form chaise), from Latin cathedra "seat" (see cathedral).
Figurative sense of "authority" was in Middle English, of bishops and professors. Meaning "office of a professor" (1816) is extended from the seat from which a professor lectures (mid-15c.). Meaning "seat of a person presiding at meeting" is from 1640s. As short for electric chair from 1900.
mid-15c., "install in a chair or seat" (implied in chairing), from chair (n.); meaning "preside over" (a meeting, etc.) is attested by 1921. Related: Chaired.