The House Republican Steering Committee has recommended Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to be the next chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The official vote by the full Republican conference will be Wednesday.
"The Obama administration is on notice - they will not be allowed to regulate what they have been unable to legislate," said Upton in a statement.
Joe Barton (R-Tex.), current ranking member and former chair, had waged a heated battle for the seat, but Upton had been tagged by many as the front runner given his fund-raising prowess for the party and particularly since Barton appeared to need a waiver of Republican term limits on leadership positions to take the post.
Barton was magnanimous in defeat: "I want to offer my congratulations to Fred, who is taking over the best committee in Congress. He has an enormous job ahead, and I'm going to do everything I know how to make his chairmanship the kind of success that the American people want and expect."