House Republicans on Tuesday tapped U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to serve as the top Republican on the powerful House Judiciary Committee.
Jordan, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, replaces U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, who is running for Senate in November. House Republican Conference rules require that Collins vacate his assignment during his Senate bid against newly minted U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia.
Jordan, who served as the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, saw his profile grow during Trump’s impeachment proceedings.
“Jordan has done an excellent job,” Roll Call quoted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, as saying at his weekly news conference. “The one thing I would take away from all this: we have a united Republican Party. Much different in contrast to the Democratic Party, where they have their own civil war.”
Jordan, who served in the Ohio Legislature before heading to Congress in 2007, took to Twitter Tuesday to praise Collins for his work on the committee.
Collins “has provided steadfast leadership and service to the Judiciary Committee,” Jordan said. “It’s an honor that [McCarthy] and our colleagues on the Steering Committee have given me the chance to help lead” the committee.
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, replaces Jordan on the Oversight Committee. Jordan and Meadows, who is not seeking re-election, were among the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus.
House Republicans approved the appointments during a closed-door meeting Tuesday.
During remarks at The White House last week, Trump offered some good-natured ribbing of Jordon, who famously eschews wearing a jacket during most hearings and TV appearances.
“When I first got to know him – Jim Jordan – when I first got to know Jim, I said, ‘Huh, he never wears a jacket. What the hell is going on?’” Trump asked to laughter. “He’s obviously very proud of his body.
“And they say where he works out – you know, where the congressmen, senators, they work out – they say, when Jim works out – even though he’s not as young as he was, but he works out – the machine starts burning,” Trump added of Jordan, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion.