Sander Levin: Pete Stark Relinquishes Ways And Means Chairmanship To Sander Levin

05/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will take over the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means committee, the Michigan Democrat told reporters on Thursday.

"At this point I'm acting chairman," Levin said, according to the Associated Press.

Levin will replace Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), who had initially been named to succeed Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), who turned in his gavel under a cloud of ethics problems.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday Levin added: "I think you know my close relationship with Charlie."

Top Democrats reportedly had reservations about giving the chairmanship to Stark, according to Roll Call:

The leaders' original plan -- to keep the chairmanship in Stark's hands -- met stiff resistance Wednesday from committee members who feel the unpredictable Californian is too great a liability to helm the powerful tax-writing panel.

Politico first reported the news that Levin would succeed Stark.

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