House Republicans selected a new roster of committee chairmen on Tuesday for the 114th Congress starting in January.
Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz says he's 'pleased' Clinton is not president shortly after handshake Why Democrats fear a successful inaugural address from Trump Federal ethics chief resists House GOP call for private interview MORE (R-Utah) won the most contested opening this year, a four-way race on Tuesday to become the powerful House Oversight Committee chairman next year, succeeding term-limited chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
Over the course of the last two days, the House GOP Steering Committee, a panel consisting of elected leadership, top committee chairmen and regional representatives that determines gavel assignments, interviewed candidates and voted on who should win the chairmanships.
The full GOP conference will ratify the new recommendations Wednesday morning, which is expected to easily pass.
Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP waiting to hear from Trump on ObamaCare Five takeaways from Trump's inauguration Hispanic Caucus members slam Trump after inaugural address MORE (R-Wis.), who currently chairs the House Budget Committee, was long expected to win the gavel of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee over Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyGOP waiting to hear from Trump on ObamaCare Trump and Mnuchin can turn the page to new tax policy States hope Trump era will reset federal relationship MORE (R-Texas).
Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate, will finally achieve what he has said is his dream job.
Similarly, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) was widely considered to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee despite a late challenge from Rep. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesWhy there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary Trump likely to tap business executive to head Navy: report Congress asserts itself MORE (R-Va.). The retiring chairman, Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), implicitly endorsed Thornberry, who has served as the panel’s second-ranking Republican for the last four years.
The opening at the top of the House Oversight Committee was easily the most contested race up for grabs. Chaffetz and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and John Mica (R-Fla.) vied for the high-profile gavel.
All four candidates emphasized throughout their candidacies that they'd try to run the committee differently from Issa's controversial tenure and work better with Democrats. Two of the candidates, Jordan and Turner, hailed from Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE's (R-Ohio) home state, inserting another wrench into the mix.
Issa became well known for conducting aggressive hearings and clashing with Democrats, particularly during the contempt of Congress proceedings against Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderTrust Women opposes Sen. Session's nomination Former AG launches redistricting effort to help Dems reclaim power The racism inquisition over Jeff Sessions MORE and the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The California Republican went as far as cutting off Oversight Committee Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings's (D-Md.) microphone during a March hearing on the IRS.
Issa congratulated the incoming chairman in a statement.
"Congressman Chaffetz is a valued colleague and demonstrated leader who will continue the work of the Oversight Committee in the next Congress. I am looking forward to working with him on the transition and moving my focus to other responsibilities," Issa said.
Despite wanting to draw a distinction from Issa during his campaign for the chairmanship, Chaffetz thanked the incumbent in a statement.
"The faith placed in me by my colleagues today is a tremendous honor and privilege," Chaffetz said. "I have great respect for Chairman Darrell Issa and can't thank him enough for his many years of dedicated service leading the Oversight Committee."
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) also made select appointments for two House committees. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) will lead the Ethics Committee, while Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will take over the Intelligence Committee.
Nunes's selection came over two high-profile competitors: House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and former House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.).
Here's a list of all the new House committee chairmen for the 114th Congress:
Agriculture: Mike Conaway (R-Texas)
Armed Services: Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)
Budget: Tom Price (R-Ga.)
Ethics: Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)
Intelligence: Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
Natural Resources: Rob BishopRob BishopPresident-elect Trump, don’t tamper with the successful Endangered Species Act Bears Ears National Monument designation a great way to end 2016 House GOP moves to ease federal land transfers MORE (R-Utah)
Oversight and Government Reform: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
Small Business: Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
Ways and Means: Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)