WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders chose Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah to head the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday.
The Oversight chairman is traditionally the chief antagonist for a president from the opposing party. Chaffetz will replace Republican Darrell Issa of California.
Two Ohioans, U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan of Urbana and Mike Turner of Dayton were both seeking the post.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to my friend and colleague Congressman Jason Chaffetz on being named the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.,” Jordan said Tuesday night. “I look forward to working with him and the rest of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the important work of the committee. I know our committee will have a full agenda over the next two years of holding the federal government accountable and finding ways to eliminate wasteful spending through meaningful legislative reform, and I am confident that Congressman Chaffetz will lead that effort in an effective way.”