3 Republicans Expected to Vie for Leadership of House Higher-Education Committee

Two conservative Republican lawmakers will challenge Rep. Thomas E. Petri for the chairmanship of the House of Representatives committee that oversees higher education.

After six years leading the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. William F. Goodling, the Pennsylvania Republican, is retiring. By the rules of seniority in the House, Mr. Petri is next in line to head the committee.

But in recent weeks, Reps. John A. Boehner of Ohio and