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Mike Rogers set to serve as top House Armed Services Republican

Mike Rogers set to serve as top House Armed Services Republican
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Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersFive questions about Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan Congress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (Ala.) was elected Tuesday by the House GOP Steering Committee to serve as the top Republican on the powerful House Armed Services Committee for the 117th Congress.

Rogers, who currently serves as the ranking member on the House Committee on Homeland Security, managed to edge out Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray Turner Overnight Defense: Capitol security bill includes 1M to reimburse National Guard | Turner to lead House push against military sexual assault | Pentagon drops mask mandate GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault Sunday shows preview: Advocates, lawmakers push for police reform after Chauvin verdict, Ma'Khia Bryant's death MORE (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Strategic Forces subcommittee, and Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops Battle heats up over Pentagon spending plans Marine Corps commandant says China, Russia to pose biggest challenges for years MORE (R-Va.) in the race. 

The full House GOP conference is expected to ratify the Steering Committee's decision in the coming days.

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The Alabama Republican is slated to succeed current ranking member Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryUnnamed law enforcement banned under the new NDAA Lobbying world Senate poised to override Trump's defense bill veto MORE (R-Texas), who announced his retirement in September of last year.

The House Armed Services Committee is tasked with crafting the National Defense Authorization Act, and with the razor-thin majority held by Democrats, Republicans can expect to have more sway over crafting key policies as they move into the new Congress. 

The committee has held onto a reputation for being strongly bipartisan even during times of a strong political divide. And with a number of political strategists projecting that Republicans have a strong chance of regaining control of the lower chamber in 2022, Rogers could soon hold the coveted gavel. 

He represents an area with a large military constituency, with his district including portions of Fort Benning,  the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and the Anniston Army Depot.  

Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithGOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault US is leaving, but Afghan women to fight on for freedoms Overnight Defense: Ex-Pentagon chief defends Capitol attack response as GOP downplays violence | Austin, Biden confer with Israeli counterparts amid conflict with Hamas | Lawmakers press Pentagon officials on visas for Afghan partners MORE (D-Wash.) currently serves as the chairman of the panel. 

Unlike Democrats, under House GOP rules, ranking members and chairmen can serve three terms before they are term-limited out of their position.