Greg Walden Wants to Chair Energy and Commerce Panel

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) confirmed Thursday he would like to be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee if the GOP maintains its House majority this fall.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who has seniority on the panel over Walden, has also indicated interest in seeking the position.

Speaking during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club, Walden said, “I would very much like to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee. I’m not alone.” He also said he’s now focused on his work with the House GOP’s campaign arm to ensure “that we have gavels” in 2017.

Walden, who has chaired the NRCC for two cycles, declined to back any potential successors. Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Roger Williams (R-Texas) are two of his House colleagues seeking the position in the next Congress.

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