Doug Collins to run for House Judiciary chair

Doug Collins to run for House Judiciary chair
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Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump Dem lawmaker spars with own party over prison reform Singer Jason Mraz: Too much political 'combat' in Washington MORE (R-Ga.) says he plans to seek the House Judiciary Committee gavel next year.

“I will be running for chairman of the Judiciary Committee,” Collins said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Ripon Society on Thursday. “Some of you may say, 'Three terms, getting ready for a fourth term, and you're going to run for chairman of the Judiciary Committee?' I think it is about a vision. I think — I think we have a lot of turnover in our committee this year, and what I am putting forward is a vision of saying that there are things in our committee that are ripe for the next real resurgence in our economy." 

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Collins, who currently serves as the vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, said, if he's elected Judiciary chair, he would focus on issues he believes "will impact the next 40 to 50 years of our economy," citing intellectual property and immigration as areas he feels need to be reformed. 

The Judiciary committee is slated to look dramatically different in the 116th Congress, with current Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteThree House Dems say they'll oppose immigration floor vote over possible wall funding House GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE (R-Va.) and Reps. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithFreedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Five races to watch in the Texas runoffs Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas MORE (R-Texas), Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaSteyer-backed group launches 0,000 voter outreach campaign in California Election analyst moves four House seats toward GOP Dems step up efforts to avoid California primary shutouts MORE (R-Calif.), Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeFive races to watch in the Texas runoffs Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas Hillicon Valley: House Dems release Russia-linked Facebook ads | Bill would block feds from mandating encryption 'back doors' | AT&T hired Cohen for advice on Time Warner merger | FCC hands down record robocall fine | White House launches AI panel MORE (R-Texas), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Five races to watch in the Texas runoffs MORE (R-Texas) all set to leave Congress at the end of their terms.

While the most senior member on the committee behind Goodlatte, Rep. Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerLawmakers question FBI director on encryption Doug Collins to run for House Judiciary chair Lawmakers renew call for end to 'black budget' secrecy MORE (R-Wis.), has already served as chairman, seniority could be Collins's biggest issue in the race. 

GOP Reps. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotPeople with intellectual and developmental disabilities are ready, willing and able to work House passes bill to help small businesses guard against hackers On World Press Freedom Day, elected officials must commit to keeping press freedom nonpartisan MORE (Ohio), Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingKing introduces bill that could jail sanctuary officials Pet breeding laws under threat from House farm bill Don’t let the farm bill overrule state food laws MORE (Iowa), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse conservatives introduce resolution calling for second special counsel White House-backed prison reform bill advances in House GOP Rep. Zeldin to lead call for second special counsel MORE (Texas), Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCentrists on cusp of forcing immigration votes as petition grows Jim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Hannity endorses Jim Jordan for Speaker MORE (Ohio) and Tom MarinoThomas (Tom) Anthony MarinoRepublicans refuse to back opioids bill sponsored by vulnerable Dem Doug Collins to run for House Judiciary chair Judges refuse GOP request to block new Pa. district boundaries MORE (Pa.) all rank above Collins. 

Chabot is likely to be Collins’s biggest competition in the race. 

“[Chabot] is running for chair," a GOP aide with knowledge of the congressman's plans told The Hill, adding it's unclear when he will officially announce his bid.