Collins to serve as ranking Republican of House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales House lawmakers roll out bill to make court records free Jewish advocacy group calls on Omar to apologize after 'stunningly anti-Semitic' tweet MORE (R-Ga.) edged out Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 GOP lawmakers offer several locations for Trump address The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump headed to border as shutdown hits Day 20 | Talks fall apart | Emergency plan could set up clash with GOP MORE (R-Ohio) to become the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Collins — who serves as vice chairman of the House Republican Conference and has strong relationships with members of the steering committee — will play a key role in defending President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE as Democrats take back the majority next year.

The committee is expected to be in the spotlight as Democratic lawmakers seek to unleash a slew of investigations into the Trump administration. The panel would handle impeachment proceedings if articles against the president are filed.

Despite having strong competition, Collins — who has developed a strong working relationship the president and top administration officials while working on issues like prison reform — sold members of the steering committee, a voting body largely controlled by Republican leadership, on his legislative and messaging abilities.

“The Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction runs deep and wide, and I’ve been committed to advancing the conservative agenda as a member of the committee since day one," Collins said in a statement to The Hill. "It’s been an honor to legislate with my House colleagues and earn their trust. As ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, I look forward to the hard battles and noble work before us."

His win comes amid reports that the president was encouraging members of House GOP leadership to push for Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRod Rosenstein’s final insult to Congress: Farewell time for reporters but not testimony House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power Cohen to testify before three congressional panels before going to prison MORE (R-Ohio) — a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and one of Trump’s strongest allies in the lower chamber — to be selected to serve in the role.

Jordan — who attempted a challenge against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Dem rep hopes Omar can be 'mentored,' remain on Foreign Affairs panel MORE (R-Calif.) in the race for minority leader — ultimately opted not to seek the position after having received strong encouragement from conservatives in the House.

Chabot was unable to sway to committee despite highlighting his experience with impeachment proceedings after having sat on the panel during the Clinton years.

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerOmar apologizes after Dem leaders blast tweets as 'anti-Semitic' Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to step down as CBC Foundation chair amid lawsuit MORE (D-N.Y), the current ranking member, is expected to take over as chairman of the committee in January.