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seniority rule

noun, U.S. Politics.
1.
the custom in Congress providing for the assignment of a committee chairpersonship to that member of the majority party who has served on the committee the longest.
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  • I had to have, under the seniority rule of the service, a wooden man for its commander.

    Sword and Pen John Algernon Owens
  • Both irregulars will then attain places of vast power unless the seniority rule is abrogated.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert

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