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Barton will keep top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce panel

Barton will keep top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce panel 23 Jun 2010 Rep. Joe Barton (R-Whackjob-Texas) will retain his top spot on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to GOP lawmakers. Barton, who came under fire after apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward at a hearing last week for the way the government had treated the oil company, will stay on as ranking member of the committee, which oversees oil and gas regulation, among other areas.