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Darrell Issa Committee Assignments

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTrump, GOP at new crossroads on deficitChaffetz: Spending vote means GOP 'lost every single bit of credibility' on debtLet’s not fail in our second chance to protect Bears EarsMORE’s (R-Utah) surprise announcement on Wednesday that he will not run for reelection in 2018 creates an opening on the powerful House Oversight Committee.

Chaffetz is in his second term as chairman of the committee, which has subpoena power. He won the gavel in 2014, triumphing in a four-way race.

Under House GOP rules, Chaffetz could have kept the Oversight gavel until 2020, when he would have reached the three-term limit. 

Chaffetz instead announced he wouldn’t be on the ballot for any office in 2018, though he left the door open to running again for public office in the future, such as Utah governor in 2020.

Assuming Republicans keep their House majority in next year’s midterm elections, a race to succeed Chaffetz wouldn’t start in full force until 2018. If Democrats were to win the House, the panel’s current ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), would be a shoo-in for the chairmanship.   

Two of Chaffetz’s rivals in the 2014 race, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and former Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), no longer serve on the Oversight Committee. 

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) lost to Chaffetz in 2014 and remains one of the Oversight Committee’s most senior members. He chairs an Oversight subcommittee on health care, benefits and administrative rules.

But he is also one of the key leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative hardliners that’s frequently clashed with GOP leaders. Members of the Freedom Caucus most recently withheld support for the GOP legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which contributed to leaders canceling a vote.

Since GOP leaders hold the most sway on the House Steering Committee, which determines lawmaker committee assignments, it could be tough for Jordan to win the Oversight gavel, one of the most high-profile chairmanships in Congress. 

No lawmakers were ready to say Wednesday if they were interested in running for the post. 

A spokesman for Jordan pointed to the lawmaker’s tweets about Chaffetz's departure:

My friend @jasoninthehouse has served our country w/ distinction as @HouseOversight chair

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 19, 2017

I look forward 2 working w/ @jasoninthehouse 4 rest of 115th #Congress and wish him all the best in his next steps

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 19, 2017

Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) has the most seniority of any other Republican on the committee, but has a relatively low profile. 

Next in line is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who preceded Chaffetz as chairman with a rocky and controversial tenure. Issa nowadays is one of the GOP’s most endangered incumbents after barely winning reelection in 2016 in a district carried by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansTrump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rallyPennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district mapMORE.  

The next five most senior Republicans on Oversight are all members of the Freedom Caucus: Jordan and Reps. Mark Sanford (S.C.), Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump, GOP at new crossroads on deficitRand Paul revels in role of Senate troublemakerGOP lawmaker hits Trump over Dem memo: Americans deserve to read bothMORE (Mich.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse rejects effort to condemn lawmaker for demanding 'Dreamer' arrestsHispanic Dems seek vote to condemn GOP lawmaker for demanding arrests of 'Dreamers'High-ranking Trump official attends hunting conventionMORE (Ariz.) and Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.). Like Jordan, they could all have trouble getting enough votes from the Steering Committee. 

Sanford has shown a willingness to criticize President Trump, most prominently by calling for him to release his tax returns. That would likely be too much of a wildcard for GOP leaders, who have so far steered clear of investigating Trump’s finances or business dealings.

Then there’s Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accordOvernight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition banMORE (R-S.C.), who could be the most plausible contender to succeed Chaffetz. Even though he’s eighth in seniority, Gowdy has experience in the spotlight, having chaired the select committee that investigated the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  

A spokeswoman for Gowdy didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

The Benghazi committee's probe helped uncover Clinton's use of a private server while serving as secretary of State, an issue that dogged her campaign.

The Benghazi panel wrapped up its two-and-a-half year investigation last December, a few weeks after Clinton lost the White House to Trump.

Congressman Darrell Issa serves on the following committees in Congress.

House Committee on the Judiciary

Chairman: Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: Administration of U.S. Courts, Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil and Appellate Procedure, judicial ethics, patent and trademark law, information technology, other appropriate matters as referred to by the Chairman and relevant oversight.

Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: bankruptcy and commercial law, bankruptcy judgeships, administrative law, independent counsel, state taxation affecting interstate commerce, interstate compacts, antitrust matters, other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules

The Subcommittee has oversight jurisdiction over federal health care policy and the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.  Also includes jurisdiction over government wide rules and regulations.

Subcommittee on Information Technology

The Subcommittee has oversight jurisdiction over Federal information technology, data standards and quality, cybersecurity, IT infrastructure and acquisition, emerging technologies, privacy, cloud computing, data centers and intellectual property. 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Middle East and North Africa, including matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations.

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

The subcommittee has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over U.S. efforts to manage and coordinate international programs to combat terrorism (as coordinated by the Department of State and other agencies), and efforts to bring international terrorists to justice.

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