Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel

Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel
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Rep. Frank LucasFrank Dean LucasHouse GOP leaders scramble for budget votes GOP chairman questions US funding for international cancer research agency Shutdown drama grips the Capitol MORE (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 Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 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 GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettTrump taps USTR's Gerrish as acting head of Export-Import Bank Frustrated execs clamor for action on bank nominees Manufacturers ramp up pressure on Senate to fill Ex-Im Bank board MORE (R-N.J.), Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceDem peace deal reached in crucial House district Dems step up efforts to avoid California primary shutouts House Dems boost spending in key California races MORE (R-Calif.), Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team MORE (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.