Frank Lucas eyes a chance to chair the committee overseeing Wall Street
by Justin Wingerter, NewsOK

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas finds himself in an advantageous place.

The Cheyenne Republican is a prominent member of two House committees where chairmen are retiring, placing him in an opportune position to lead if he can convince his fellow Republicans to allow it.

The House Science Committee and House Financial Services Committee will both be leaderless after the next Congress arrives in early 2019. If Republicans remain in control of the House, their chairs will be decided by the Republican Steering Committee, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“At this point in time, I am interested in both and my colleagues up here know that,” Lucas said in an interview Tuesday.

Though he may be interested in both, Oklahoma’s longest-serving current House member has a clear and unsurprising favorite: the far more influential Financial Services Committee, which oversees banking and Wall Street.

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