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seniority rule

noun, U.S. Politics.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Both irregulars will then attain places of vast power unless the seniority rule is abrogated.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • I had to have, under the seniority rule of the service, a wooden man for its commander.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens

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