In what may be the most important lobbying efforts of their careers, Reps. Richard H. Baker, R-La., and Marge Roukema, R-N.J., turned their attention last week to the 25-member steering committee choosing a replacement for House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach, who is required by Republican term limits to relinquish the gavel.

Both candidates turned in voluminous briefing papers (a 28-page reference guide for Rep. Roukema and about 18 pages for Rep. Baker) to supplement their interviews last week. But both candidates stopped short of making the Power Point presentations that some other contenders did.

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