seniority rule

noun

Definition of seniority rule

1 : a rule in the U.S. Congress by which members have their choice of committee assignments in order of rank based solely on length of service
2 : a rule in the U.S. Congress by which the member of the majority party who has served longest on a committee receives the chairmanship

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“Seniority rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seniority%20rule. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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