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Published December 10, 2010, 08:11 AM

New ND US Rep. Berg gets Ways and Means seat

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Rep-elect Rick Berg has gotten a coveted spot on the House's Ways and Means Committee.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Rep-elect Rick Berg has gotten a coveted spot on the House's Ways and Means Committee.

The panel is considered the most influential in the House. It has jurisdiction over taxes, trade issues, Social Security and Medicare.

Berg is one of 10 new Republican members of the committee, and one of two freshmen to get the assignment.

It's unusual for a new House member to go on the Ways and Means Committee. North Dakota's incumbent Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy is a member, but he wasn't chosen until he'd been in Congress for eight years. Berg beat Pomeroy in the last election, and Pomeroy is leaving Congress after 18 years.

Pomeroy said Friday that Berg's selection is "good news for North Dakota."

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