Rep. Womack Reportedly Eyeing House Chair Vacancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNWA) - Arkansas Third District Congressman Steve Womack is considered a favorite by several senior Republicans to replace the outgoing House Budget Chairperson, according to a report from Politico.

The move could represent an influential change for Womack, who would be taking over the seat at an important time for Republicans. Without much major legislative action thus far, the party is in need of a victory, and tax reform is next on the docket, according to Politico.

If Womack wins the position, he could potentially play a large role in any tax reform legislation.

In Northwest Arkansas, officials with the Republican party reacted to the news with excitement, viewing it as an opportunity for Womack to exert influence in D.C. on the part of Arkansans.

"To be the chairman of a standing committee, and being from the state of Arkansas, speaks volumes to the level of influence that our Congressman of the Third Congressional District has in Washington, D.C.," said Jack Avery, the former chairman of the Young Republicans of Arkansas.

Should Womack receive the position, the same position Paul Ryan held before becoming speaker, it is likely he will play a key role in Trump's plan for tax reform.

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