Jordan, a leader of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, had initially looked to face his best friend, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a fellow Freedom Caucus leader, for the ranking member position.
Meadows ultimately bowed out, and the steering committee, which selects chairs, asked Jordan if he wanted the job.
In 2014, when Republicans still held the majority, both Jordan and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, sought to be chairman of the Oversight Committee in a four-man race. Ultimately, top House Republicans picked Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, for the spot.
His selection marks the end of what had been a disappointing few weeks for him. Two weeks ago, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., easily defeated Jordan by a vote of 159-to-43 to become minority leader in January. McCarthy, currently the GOP majority leader, will relinquish that title when Democrats take control of the House.