As expected, the House Republican Steering Committee recommended U.S. Rep. Steve Womack to be the new chair of the House Budget Committee last night. That recommendation will now be voted on by the full House GOP conference, which is expected to approve the choice.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the decision last night and issued the following statement:


I believe Steve Womack is the right man for the job of chairman of the Budget Committee. Steve’s experience in the House, commitment to fiscal conservatism, and relentless pursuit to safeguard taxpayer dollars make him extremely qualified to lead this important committee. I am looking forward to Steve’s service, and I know he will do an excellent job.

If the full GOP conference approves the recommendation, Womack will replace U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who will leave the position to run for governor of Tennessee.

In a statement, Womack said:


I’m honored to be selected by the Steering Committee as the next Chairman of the House Budget Committee. There’s no doubt it’s a huge challenge – I’m excited for the chance to lead such an important committee in pursuit of a budget resolution that will address our nation’s priorities while putting America on a sustainable fiscal path.

Rob Woodall of Georgia and Bill Johnson of Ohio also sought the position before the Steering Committee.

Josh Mahoney, the Democratic challenge to Womack in the the Third Congressional District, is unimpressed by Womack’s track record, dinging him for the recent $1.5 trillion tax bill:


Steve Womack becoming Chair of the House Budget Committee after he voted to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit is the perfect example of why Washington DC is a cesspool of incompetence and absurdity. Washington DC is the only place in the country where the more incompetent you are, the better your chance of getting promoted. It’s time to hold career politicians like Steve Womack accountable and fix the mess in Washington.