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.
With Frank as his ranking member, recalls Oxley, “there was a lot of bipartisan cooperation back then.”
"The ranking member and I do not take this action lightly," Lucas said at the hearing.
His duties should be performed by the secretary of state, who is always the ranking member of the cabinet.