House Speaker John Boehner formally nominated Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, as the next chair of the influential Rules Committee on Wednesday.
The move was not unexpected, after Sessions spent two highly successful election cycles heading the National Republican Congressional Committee. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., the chair of the Natural Resources Committee, had also been interested in the post. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon will be taking over the NRCC chairmanship.
“Pete Sessions is a strong leader, a trusted advisor, and a personal friend -- and I’m proud to have him heading up the House Rules Committee in the next Congress,” Boehner said in a statement.
The Rules Committee chair is the gatekeeper for legislation that reaches the House floor. “In Pete, we have a chairman who is not only respected by both parties, but a true public servant who will help ensure the House operates in a way that reflects the will, the priorities, and the expectations of the American people,” Boehner said.
Sessions will replace retiring Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif. “I know I’m not alone in saying he will be truly missed,” Boehner added.