Granger to serve as ranking member of House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHouse rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech McCarthy to submit copy of Trump's SOTU address to House Clerk for archives The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa MORE (R-Texas) is slated to become the first female ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House GOP steering committee announced Thursday.

Granger edged out Reps. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeTrump's best week ever? McCarthy raises over million in Q4 for House GOP GOP leader warns lawmakers on fundraising: 'Getting our ass kicked' MORE (R-Okla.), Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtBottom Line Lobbying World House advances B agriculture bill MORE (R-Ala.) and Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesThe Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Republican Tom Graves announces retirement from House Lawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms MORE (R-Ga.) in the hotly contested race for the position.

The Texas Republican currently serves as the chairwoman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

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It will be the first time the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for approving government funding, is led by two women as Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Three members of Congress endorse Bloomberg after raucous debate Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' MORE (D-N.Y.) is slated to serve as chairwoman of the powerful committee in the 116th Congress.

The steering committee’s choices for ranking members are expected to be ratified by the conference in coming days.

"It is an enormous honor to be able to serve as the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee.  I appreciate the vote of confidence from the Steering Committee and all of the help and support I’ve received from so many Members," she said in a statement. 

"The hard work to reform the committee begins today.  I am looking forward to fighting for conservative values and holding the Democrats accountable in the 116th Congress.”

-- Updated at 4:25 p.m.