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Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel

Lucas eyeing House Financial Services gavel
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Rep. Frank LucasFrank Dean LucasTrump, GOP launch full-court press on compromise immigration measure Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations House GOP leaders scramble for budget votes MORE (R-Okla.) told The Hill on Tuesday he would make a play for the Financial Services Committee gavel if its current chairman moves into House leadership after Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorTrump gives Dave Brat his 'total endorsement' Former TV journalist gives GOP rare dose of hope in Florida Dave Brat trailing in reelection bid MORE (R-Va.) steps down.

Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is the favorite of some conservatives in the caucus to become the new majority leader.

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"In that scenario ... look, I joined the Financial Services Committee 20 years ago because I thought it has an important impact on America," Lucas said. "If there was an opening at the top of the committee, there would be a melee, and I wouldn't want to miss out on the fun."

Lucas is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, so many assumed he would stay in that top post. But the next farm bill is more than four years away, and it has already reported out a Commodity Futures Trading Commission reform bill this year.

Other candidates for the Financial Services chairmanship if Hensarling moves up could include Reps. Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettManufacturers support Reed to helm Ex-Im Bank Trump taps nominee to lead Export-Import Bank Who has the edge for 2018: Republicans or Democrats? MORE (R-N.J.), Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (R-Calif.), Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report MORE (R-N.C.) and Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas).

Lucas is more senior on the panel than all of those colleagues, except Royce, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.