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Jason Chaffetz to Succeed Darrell Issa as Head of House Oversight Committee

"Very humbled and honored"

FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz is expected to win another term in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was selected Tuesday to succeed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as the next head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The conservative from Utah prevailed in a race that included Ohio Reps. Michael Turner and Jim Jordan to secure the position.

FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz is expected to win another term in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz is expected to win another term in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Chaffetz turned to Twitter in the afternoon to announce the news.

"Very humbled and honored to be the future Chairman of the Oversight Committee," he wrote on the social media platform.

Issa has been a major antagonist of the Obama administration, leading investigations on the Internal Revenue Service, the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and other topics. In the process, Issa has alienated not just Democrats but also fellow Republicans with his confrontational and hectoring style. Chaffetz, 47, has made it clear he would do things differently. A strong conservative, he is liked by fellow Republicans and viewed as being dogged but not shrill in his committee role. He's also seen as a bridge to a younger generation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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