Kevin McCarthy announced Devin Nunes’ replacement as Republican leader on House Intel Committee

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday that Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner would be the new Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.

The decision came weeks after the committee’s previous ranking Republican, former California congressman Devin Nunes, announced he would retire from Congress to become CEO of the Trump Media and Technology Group.

According to a news release from McCarthy, Turner, who has served on the Intelligence Committee since 2015, was set to officially replace Nunes on Saturday.

“Congressman Turner’s commitment to this country is unwavering,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Throughout his long tenure on the Intelligence Committee, Mike established himself as a national security leader and ardent supporter of truth.

“Mike’s leadership of the committee will continue the great work of Congressman Nunes who has led the committee with integrity,” the California Republican added.

“Every American committed to the security and safety of this country should be well-assured of Congressman Turner’s leadership of the House Intelligence Committee.”

Nunes also expressed confidence that Turner would do a good job.

“For many years, Mike has been an extremely valuable fighter for House Intelligence Committee Republicans. He was instrumental in the work we did to expose the Russia collusion hoax, and he was a major asset in demolishing the Democrats’ ridiculous accusations during the first impeachment of President Trump,” Nunes said in a statement.

“I have every confidence Mike will be a fearless and skillful leader for Intelligence Committee Republicans and will perform rigorous oversight over the Intelligence Community. I congratulate him on his well-deserved appointment as Ranking Member.”

Turner might not just be ranking member for long.

According to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Republicans are the favorites to win control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms.

If that happened, Turner would almost certainly become chairman of the Intelligence Committee.