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New U.S. House tax panel chief Ryan taps subcommittee chairmen

(Reuters) – Paul Ryan, who will take over in January as chief of the U.S. House of Representatives tax committee, on Thursday revealed the names of colleagues who will chair its subcommittees.

These six panels will be important testing grounds for ideas, debate and legislation as Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, takes the reins of the Ways and Means Committee, becoming the top tax law writer on Capitol Hill.

Kevin Brady will chair the health panel; Charles Boustany will chair human resources; Peter Roskam will chair oversight; Dave Reichert will chair select revenue measures; Sam Johnson will chair Social Security; and Pat Tiberi will chair trade.

Ryan, who made an unsuccessful bid for the vice-presidency in 2012 as running mate to Mitt Romney, will replace Dave Camp as Ways and Means chairman. Camp, a Republican from Michigan, is retiring from the House.

Ryan formerly chaired the House Budget Committee. House Republican leadership protocol requires periodic committee chairmanship reassignments.

“The Ways and Means Committee is full of talented men and women, and I have every confidence in our newly elected subcommittee chairs … I look forward to working with all of them next year,” Ryan said in a statement.