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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has decided that Rep. Mark Youngkin (R-VA) should have the spot on the House Judiciary Committee, essentially balancing out the seat Vice Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) held…

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has decided that Rep. Mark Youngkin (R-VA) should have the spot on the House Judiciary Committee, essentially balancing out the seat Vice Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) held before his death.

“Goodlatte has decided to reappoint Mark Youngkin as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee,” a source close to the situation said Thursday. “No word on whether Youngkin will keep his gavel from the Judiciary Committee.”

The original report Monday on Page Two indicated that Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) had asked for a seat on the committee. Rep. Gohmert’s and Ratcliffe’s remarks have not been confirmed, and Ratcliffe has not returned phone calls or emails seeking comment.

Youngkin’s selection means Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) will lose his gavel from the House Intelligence Committee after he becomes chairman. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has also asked to be made the new chair for the House Armed Services Committee. “Adam Kinzinger has asked to lead the House Armed Services Committee, which is a higher level position and takes precedence,” a Republican aide said, insisting the nomination would be rejected.

“America’s future hinges on the secure and prosperous economy we can create. The next Congress must ensure that our economic expansion and tax cuts that were the hallmark of the Republican tax reform plan remain a top priority for our nation’s leaders. There is nothing more important to Congress than boosting economic growth and putting more money in the pockets of all Americans,” Kinzinger said.

In addition to the Intelligence Committee, Schiff’s subcommittee chairs, including Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Jim Himes (D-CT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) could potentially gain control of Intelligence, having lost one of their seats on House committees to resignations.

In addition to Intelligence, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) may be elevated to the Speaker’s Chairmanship if Democrats take control. The Speaker’s chair gives a lawmaker sway over committee chairmen, and assignments to the powerful House Rules Committee. Gowdy’s decisions could potentially steer the committee.

If Democrats win control of the House and then want to schedule a vote to change the current rules to accommodate the turnover, Gowdy could make decisions about which committee rules need to be changed, and which ones need to be left alone. Those decisions could then directly affect both Schiff and the Democrats’ election.

With the 2020 presidential election likely upon us in a matter of months, it appears to be a race between Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Republicans overall to be the next Speaker of the House. That race is wide open and could also include Reps. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Karen Handel (R-GA). Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the most likely candidate to become the next Speaker, according to recent polls.

Chairman McCarthy has rejected Democratic leadership over various matters since the last Congress, and the possibility of him becoming Speaker is increasingly high. If he eventually wins the gavel, he will keep several seats on House committees. He serves on the Education and the Workforce Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

As we speak, Republicans are expected to meet to decide whether Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) or Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) will replace Rep. Steve King (R-IA) as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Rep. Youngkin has represented Virginia’s Fifth District since 2007, and previously served as Speaker of the House of Delegates from 2005 to 2008. He was elected to Congress again in 2008, and is currently under consideration for Secretary of Transportation in Trump’s cabinet.

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