Conservative Republican Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia is set to be named to the House Armed Services Committee, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Trent Franks.
Hice was nominated by the Republican Steering Committee Tuesday to join Armed Services, the congressman’s spokeswoman confirmed to POLITICO. The roster move is expected to be ratified today by the House Republican Conference and later by the full House.
“Given Georgia’s nine military installations, this appointment puts him in a prime position as we work to rebuild our Armed Forces,” said Hice spokeswoman Nadgey Louis-Charles.
Franks, an Arizona Republican, resigned in December amid reports he had discussed surrogacy with female staffers.
As Franks was, Hice is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and would give defense hawks another possible go-between with conservatives.