Inside Baseball In The House (UPDATED)

Today, John Boehner handily defeated California’s Dan Lungren to get re-elected as Minority Leader, despite the Republican’s dismal performance in 2006 and 2008 under his leadership.

Eric Cantor was elected Minority Whip, the second-highest position in the Republican caucus, while Indiana’s Mike Pence will become Chairman of the House Republican Conference, making him the third-highest Republican.

On the Democratic side, progressive Rep. Henry Waxman’s is challenging auto industry-friendly Rep. John Dingell for the gavel of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

Waxman won a preliminary victory today in the Democratic Steering Committee, which approved his challenge 25-22. The entire Democratic caucus of the 111th Congress will now vote on who will chair that committee; the vote is likely to occur tomorrow.

UPDATE: Texas’ Pete Sessions has officially replaced Oklahoma’s Tom Cole as head of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

And here’s the House Democratic leadership for the 111th Congress:

Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi of California

Majority Leader: Steny Hoyer of Maryland

Majority Whip: James E. Clyburn of South Carolina

Democratic Caucus Chairman: John B. Larson of Connecticut

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman: Xavier Becerra of California

Assistant to the Speaker and Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: Chris Van Hollen of Maryland