Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy was selected Thursday to become the next chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Gowdy, who was recommended by Republican Steering Committee for the position, beat out Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell.
The South Carolina lawmaker will replace Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is resigning from Congress at the end June.
A strong Obama critic, the 52-year-old Gowdy is a former state and federal prosecutor and led a two-year investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi in 2012.
“I look forward to working alongside the other Committee members, as well as any member of Congress, as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us,” Gowdy said in a statement.
As the Oversight Committee’s new chairman, Gowdy will lead oversight of the Trump administration, including an investigation of alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.