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Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel

Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel
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Rep. Frank LucasFrank Dean LucasGOP chairman questions US funding for international cancer research agency Shutdown drama grips the Capitol House conservatives demand vote on tough border bill to avoid shutdown 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 Cantor'Release the memo' — let's stop pretending that Democrats are the defenders of the FBI Raúl Labrador, a model for Hispanic politicians reaching higher Eric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ 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 GarrettManufacturers press Senate to approve Ex-Im board members Let's hope Republicans use the new year to get moving on Trump's nominees Now is the time to fix Ex-Im Bank MORE (R-N.J.), Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceOvernight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach Tillerson proposes new unified bureau at State to focus on cyber MORE (R-Calif.), Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryScalise returns to Capitol after post-shooting surgery North Carolina Republicans clash over whether House has GOP votes for funding bill Shutdown drama grips the Capitol 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.