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House GOP committee chairs will all be white men

The House GOP committee chairs for the 113th Congress were announced by House Speaker John Boehner.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner at a news conference with fellow GOP House members at the US Capitol on Dec. 22, 2011. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Maybe the Republicans forgot their "binders full of women?"

According to Politico, all 19 of the major House GOP committee chairs for next year's 113th Congress have one thing in common — they're all white men.

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House Speaker John Boehner announced the appointments Tuesday.

The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is stepping down because her term is up, according to the Huffington Post.

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And while the chairs for the House Ethics Committee and House Administration Committee have yet to be chosen, neither committee has any women or minority members.

Women did make gains in Republican Party leadership positions, but the lack of GOP estrogen on House committees raised some eyebrows.

"Disappointed to see House committee chairmanships in the 113th Congress will not include a single woman. -PM," tweeted Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state.

According to the Atlantic Wire, Republicans don't have much diversity to pick from.

There are just 20 female Republicans in the House and even fewer GOP minorities.

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