Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, aspires to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee if the GOP maintains its hold on the chamber in the future.
He told the Texas Tribune on Friday that "sure" he is open to running the important committee.
Conaway is leading the intelligence panel's most high-profile work in probing Russia's attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election in 2016 with the Intelligence Committee's top Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California. He took over for the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who stepped aside in April after it was revealed he made a secret trip to the White House to view documents that he told reporters revealed "unmasking" of Trump associates.
Conaway is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, but holds positions on two Intelligence Committee subcommittees that conduct oversight of the nation's spying apparatus, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
Conaway said his superior staff helps him balance his role in the investigation with his important leadership capacity on the Agriculture Committee, which is looking to pull together the next farm bill legislation, a massive bill that is important for rural Texas.
"I've got as good as – or better than – any team that's ever been put in place," Conaway said of his agriculture panel staff. "I sound like Donald Trump, but it's true because everyone of my guys, my peeps, they're the best. They've got great depth."