In the House’s latest round of musical chairs, three GOP congressmen will be shuffling through key leadership positions on prominent House committees, effective March 12.
As Rep. Doug Collins pursues his bid for Georgia’s Senate seat, he is required by House rules to step down from his role as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. Collins, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, will be replaced by an equally fiery Trump defender in Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, co-founder of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus. Jordan, who temporarily served on the Intelligence Committee during the House’s contentious impeachment inquiry, gained national attention for his combative defense of the president. He is one of several members to have raked in campaign donations since then.
Upon transitioning into his new role on the Judiciary Committee, Jordan will give up his ranking member position on the Oversight and Reform Committee. Fellow Freedom Caucus Co-founder, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, will step in.
Responsible for investigating government operations, the Oversight Committee has recently turned its focus to investigating the Census Bureau’s plans for 2020. Democratic members posit that minority, immigrant and rural populations may be undercounted, in part as a result of Trump’s attempts to add a citizenship question to the census. Meadows, who is said to be angling for a role in Trump’s administration, is likely to push back against Democratic efforts to scrutinize the 2020 Census and other issues that may create bad optics for the president.
Meadows already announced his retirement from the House. He will serve as ranking member for under a year. This guarantees yet another committee leadership and staff shake-up in just a matter of months.