Republicans are lining up to take Rep. Darrell Issa’s seat as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but he’s not ready to give up the gavel just yet.
The California lawmaker says he should be able to stay on as committee head, despite term limits for two more years to finish out, “with continuity,” President Barack Obama’s final two terms in office, Politico reports.
“I’ve made no bones about it: I would certainly think that I might be an appropriate candidate for just two more years to finish up,” said Issa, who may ask House leaders to waive the rules so he can serve for two more years as the committee leader. “But that’s a decision of the steering committee.”
A growing list of potential candidates is lining up their campaigns for Issa’s seat, which is arguably one of the most powerful positions in the House. The Oversight committee chairman has the power to order subpoenas and investigations and is considered the president’s chief congressional foe.
Issa’s protégé, Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, is building support among his colleagues for the seat and has made no secret of the fact that he wants to replace Issa. In addition, Ohio Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Turner have said they want the spot, and veteran Florida Rep. John Mica says he’d be best for the job because of his experience.