Rep. Mike Johnson wins race for RSC chairman

Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonHouse gears up for Mueller testimony New Zealand launches gun buyback program in response to mosque shootings Stacey Abrams urges lawmakers to restore Voting Rights Act MORE (R-La.) was elected to succeed Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-N.C.) as chairman of the Republican Study Committee on Friday.

Johnson, a freshman member, edged out Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintock58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Conservation happens one animal at a time House passes bill expressing support for NATO MORE (R-Calif.) in the race to lead the largest conservative caucus in Congress.

"We’re just honored to have the trust of our colleagues and I'm really thankful for the opportunity. As I’ve said to all of my colleagues since the summer, I really believe the next two years are going to be the RSC’s finest moment," Johnson said following his win.

"It’s never been more important than it is now to speak with clarity, conviction and consistency about what we believe, why we believe it and why it’s best for America."

Walker, who was elected vice chairman of the House Republican Conference earlier this week, said he looks forward to working with Johnson on messaging and conservative priorities.

"The RSC is in great hands moving forward with his experience, both in his legal field as well as the values that he has been representing long before he came to Congress. That puts us up for a good two years," Walker said.

The position has been a springboard into leadership positions and higher office for a number of GOP lawmakers. Vice President Pence, House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Democrats call for increased security after 'send her back' chants Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' MORE (R-La.) and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDOJ, Commerce slam House Dems contempt vote as 'political stunt' White House blasts 'shameful and cynical' Barr, Ross contempt vote House votes to hold Trump Cabinet members Barr, Ross in contempt MORE (R-Ohio) have all served in the role.

Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresOvernight Energy: GOP lawmaker parodies Green New Deal in new bill | House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill | Park Service chief grilled over shutdown House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill Seven Republicans vote against naming post office after ex-Rep. Louise Slaughter MORE (R-Texas), who served as chairman during the 114th Congress, said while he voted for McClintock, he believed Johnson will succeed in the position.

"The good thing is we were blessed to have two great options, two great leaders running to be our RSC chair. And the RSC membership picked Mike and I think we are in good hands with him," he said.

"I supported Tom, but I still feel really good about the outcome and what I'm hoping Mike will do is use Tom as part of our budget task force, because he does great work."

Walker is slated to hand over the gavel to Johnson in December.