6. Henry Waxman « The Washington Independent
When Rep. Waxman (D-Calif.) took over the Energy and Commerce Committee in a coup that displaced 28-term Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), it placed one of the most powerful health policy committees in the hands of one of the most liberal members of the chamber. And Waxman was quick to use the post to his advantage. The health reform bill passed by E&C over the summer contained many of the progressive reforms Waxman pushed for years, includingWaxman is certain to be a part of the House-Senate conference negotiations that will shape the merged bill. If tenacity is a factor — and it will be — Waxman just might get more from the bargain than some expect.