On June 16, 2011, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announced his decision to resign his seat from the U.S. House of Representatives.  This announcement comes after weeks of scandal and calls for his resignation, including from President Barack Obama.  Weiner’s resignation opens up one of 23 Democratic seats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Several Democrats who had to leave the Committee due to new committee ratios in 2011 could replace Weiner.