Congressman James Comer now top Republican on Oversight Committee
Kentucky Congressman James Comer (R) will replace former North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows as ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Meadows resigned from the House to become President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff.
Comer defeated the committee’s most senior member, Jody Hice of Georgia, and Tennessee’s Mark Green, a first-term member and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The Kentucky congressman has played an active role on the committee. He says he is ready to hit the ground running.
“I believe our role should be to seek the truth and that’s what I’m going to do as ranking member and I’m blessed to have a great committee that’s a committee filled with a lot of fighters and a lot of institutional knowledge,” Comer said.
“I just made the pitch that I’ll be focused like a laser on waste, fraud and abuse. I’m not out there to try to focus on throwing red meat and one-liners to try to get in the press. I’m focused on trying to get real government reform. And I’m going to do everything in my ability to defend anyone who’s been mistreated or falsely accused on the Oversight Committee.”
The Oversight and Reform Committee is the main investigative panel in the House and is one of the most influential committees in Congress.
Comer was elected to the position by the House Republican Steering Committee, which consists of top Republican lawmakers tasked with determining committee assignments.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise hold the most power on the Steering Committee, with McCarthy counting for four votes and Scalise counting for two; the rest of its 29 members are allotted one vote each.
“Congratulations to my good friend @JamesComer being named Ranking Member of @GOPoversight. He’ll be a fierce watchdog of the federal government,” tweeted Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan (R), a former ranking member of the committee.
Comer has already spoken with Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney of New York and is in the process of setting up meetings with other members to discuss future plans.
“I’ve already met with Chairwoman Maloney on the floor. We had a great very cordial conversation about moving forward and trying to see if there are any areas where we can have some type of bipartisan agreement. But, you know, replacing Jim Jordan, I feel like the poor guy that’s going be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots replacing Tom Brady, but, we’re excited and ready to go.”
The position has been held by some of Trump’s top allies in the House, with GOP members on the panel playing a key role in defending Trump during impeachment proceedings.
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