Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was chosen unanimously by House Democrats on July 18 to replace now Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) as House Natural Resources Ranking Member. He was challenged by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) for the position, and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee voted 33-16 for Representative DeFazio on July 17. Even though he received more than 14 votes allowing him to participate in a caucus-wide election, Representative Grijalva withdrew from the race.