Thornberry loses bid for GOP leadership spot

DALLAS (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas has lost in his bid to become the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California was selected in today's vote by members of the House Republican Steering Committee.

Vote totals were not disclosed.

Thornberry -- who is a Republican from Clarendon -- and Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland had sought the position.

McKeon replaces Rep. John McHugh of New York, who has been selected by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of the Army.

Thornberry tried unsuccessfully last year for the top GOP spot.

Thornberry spokesman George Rasley said the Texas congressman will continue to be actively involved in intelligence and security matters and will support McKeon on the committee.