The midterm elections are over, but congressional races to head important committees are heating up fast.

Rep. Darrell Issa of California is stepping down as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee because of Republicans' term limits, and an intense intra-party race has begun to replace him. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and two Ohioans, Reps. Jim Jordan and Michael Turner are fighting for the chairman's gavel.

Few committees in recent years have generated more headlines — from high-profile investigations into the Benghazi attacks to the IRS scandal and the Ebola virus — so the panel’s chairmanship is viewed as one of the most plum gavels in Congress.

The House Republican Steering Committee, a group that includes leadership and about 30 rank-and-file members, is scheduled to meet Monday and Tuesday to pick committee chairmen.

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