Communications Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) is particularly qualified for that job, with radio group ownership occupying a prominent place on his resume. But his party seems certain to put him in one of its key political posts, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
According to The Hill, Walden is almost a lock to get the job – indeed, his name has been associated with it for months at this point.
The reasons: Current NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX) is almost certain to relinquish the post, in part to travel less and spend more time with his new wife.
Sessions supports Walden as his replacement, and Walden is also on the leadership team of Speaker John Boehner (R-OR). He is also already active on NRCC, and has spent time on the road this election season campaigning on behalf of other Republican candidates.
RBR-TVBR observation: Taking on NRCC does not necessarily mean Walden will have to give up his current position. Sessions has retained the Vice Chairmanship of the House Rules Committee and Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process. The takeaway is that Walden’s ascension to the top of NRCC may not come at the cost of a valuable broadcast ally on the most pertinent subcommittee in the House.