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The District of Columbia Committee, recently disbanded by Congress, has suffered a posthumous indignity: Portraits of three of its former chairmen have gone missing from the House. The disappearance of the portraits of former Chairmen Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.), John McMillan (D-S.C.), and Charles Diggs (D- Mich.) is a fitting symbol for the committee’s demise (not to mention the 50- year absence of congressional leadership in the District). According to Roll Call, which reported the vanishings earlier this month, the D.C. Committee paintings account for half of the six portraits missing from Congress. Only one painting of a D.C. Committee chair survives: that of its first, Chairwoman Mary Norton (D-N.J.)—no relation to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. That portrait is collecting dust in the office of the D.C. Committee’s lame replacement, a Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee.