McCaul set to serve as ranking member of House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) is slated to be the next ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs during the 116th Congress.

McCaul (R-Texas) edged out Reps. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonThe Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela Washington Post fact-checker gives Plame three Pinocchios for Libby claim MORE (R-S.C.) and Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoCNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-Fla.) in the race to be the top Republican on the panel.

The Texas Republican previously served as the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

In an interview earlier this month, McCaul told The Hill he hopes to “elevate the stature of the Foreign Affairs Committee” in the way he did Homeland.

McCaul — who previously worked as a federal prosecutor specializing in counterterrorism — pitched the steering committee on his national security and foreign policy expertise. 

McCaul is expected to serve alongside Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelFury over Trump Syria decision grows Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision MORE (D-N.Y), who is slated to serve as chairman when Democrats regain the majority in January.