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House GOP picks all-male slate of new committee chairs

House GOP picks all-male slate of new committee chairs
© Francis Rivera

House Republicans selected a new roster of committee chairmen on Tuesday for the 114th Congress starting in January.

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller 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.). 

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Notably, none of the new House committee chairs are women. Current House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) remains the only female on the roster of panel leaders, which was announced earlier. 

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 Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world 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 Patrick BradyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict Buchanan to seek top GOP position on Ways and Means Committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring 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 ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesDaschle Group hires first GOP lobbyist Overnight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory panel 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 Andrew BoehnerCantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' Cheney on Trump going to GOP retreat in Florida: 'I haven't invited him' Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' 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 Himpton HolderVoter suppression bills are the first move in a bigger battle Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Senate panel dukes it out over voting rights 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 Boehner (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 BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopGOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler MORE (R-Utah)

Oversight and Government Reform: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

Small Business: Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)

Ways and Means: Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)