WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. John Kline may not be among the most senior of House Republicans, but there is now growing support for him to take the top GOP post on the Education and Labor Committee, according to CongressDaily.
Kline is the lead Republican on the committee’s Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee. Since taking office in 2003, Kline has solidified his reputation as a staunch conservative, yet has managed to avoid becoming a focal point of criticism from the left or getting bogged down in public partisan bickering.
A top aide to a Steering Committee member told CongressDaily this week: “It looks like Mr. Kline.” Meanwhile, business groups off the Hill expressed enthusiasm for Kline’s potential assignment.
For his part, Kline has said that he is interested in the position and has been in talks with Republican leaders.
“I think I’m in a very good position to step into this slot,” Kline told CongressDaily.
Still, to get there, Kline will have to step over more senior House Republicans, including Reps. Michael Castle of Delaware, Judy Biggert of Illinois and Joe Wilson of South Carolina. All have said they will be seeking the spot, too.
The position opened when the former ranking member, Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., became the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee. The Steering Committee is expected to choose his successor on Wednesday.