Collins to serve as ranking Republican of House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGOP struggles to find right Republican for Rules Criminal justice reform splits 2020 Democrats Georgia lawmaker says he's optimistic bipartisan criminal justice reform bill will pass MORE (R-Ga.) edged out Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotThis week: Lawmakers return to mourn George H.W. Bush Let’s fund clean energy, not a border wall  Collins to serve as ranking Republican of House Judiciary Committee 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 TrumpCorsi sues Mueller for alleged leaks and illegal surveillance Comey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator Trump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff 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 JordanComey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant Republicans missed best shot on keeping promise to cut spending Three Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus 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 McCarthyGOP struggles to find right Republican for Rules Veteran Capitol Hill aide Parker Poling to serve as next NRCC executive director ‘Wake up, dudes’ — gender gap confounds GOP women 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 NadlerSunday shows preview: Trade talks, Cohen sentencing memo take center stage Collins to serve as ranking Republican of House Judiciary Committee If the GOP wants to win, it needs to champion the middle class MORE (D-N.Y), the current ranking member, is expected to take over as chairman of the committee in January.