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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.
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How to use ranking member in a sentence
He reportedly has been associating with a high-ranking member of the Yamaguchi-gumi who is also on the US black list.The Yakuza Olympics|Jake Adelstein|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"The ranking member and I do not take this action lightly," Lucas said at the hearing.Jon Corzine Subpoenaed to Testify Before Congress About MF Global's Collapse|Daniel Stone|December 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
With Frank as his ranking member, recalls Oxley, “there was a lot of bipartisan cooperation back then.”Barney Frank Throws In the Towel, Won’t Seek Reelection in 2012|Michelle Cottle|November 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
His duties should be performed by the secretary of state, who is always the ranking member of the cabinet.Letters from an Old Railway Official|Charles DeLano Hine