House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) will continue to chair the panel in the 113th Congress. Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the committee, will return to his role of ranking member. Congressman Waxman has written to Representative Upton 17 times since March 2011 requesting hearings on the relationship of climate change to extreme weather-related disasters, while Representative Upton has called for eliminating subsidies for renewable energy and fossil fuels as part of an overall tax reform package, and plans for the committee to continue its focus on jobs and the economy and affordable energy.