ranking member

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ranking member definition


A legislator on a committee who belongs to the majority party and, by virtue of seniority, ranks first after the committee chairman. The most senior member representing the minority party is the ranking minority member of the committee.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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