Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel

Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel
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Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) told The Hill on Tuesday he would make a play for the Financial Services Committee gavel if its current chairman moves into House leadership after Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity MORE (R-Va.) steps down.

Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is the favorite of some conservatives in the caucus to become the new majority leader.

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"In that scenario ... look, I joined the Financial Services Committee 20 years ago because I thought it has an important impact on America," Lucas said. "If there was an opening at the top of the committee, there would be a melee, and I wouldn't want to miss out on the fun."

Lucas is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, so many assumed he would stay in that top post. But the next farm bill is more than four years away, and it has already reported out a Commodity Futures Trading Commission reform bill this year.

Other candidates for the Financial Services chairmanship if Hensarling moves up could include Reps. Scott GarrettScott GarrettConservative groups urge Trump to stick with Ex-Im Bank nominee Can the Washington swamp defeat Trump's nominee to run the Export-Import Bank? Overnight Finance: House votes to repeal arbitration rule | Yellen, Cohn on Trump's list for Fed chief | House passes Russia sanctions deal | GOP centrists push back on border wall funding MORE (R-N.J.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas).

Lucas is more senior on the panel than all of those colleagues, except Royce, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.