Representative Andy Biggs has been voted by his peers to replace Representative Mark Meadows as Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. This will take effect October 1.
Meadows is a founder and the second chairman to lead the powerful 30-representative-strong conservative group. He is expected to remain on the board and work with Biggs to strengthen the caucus and promote fiscal conservatism within the GOP.
The caucus has been less powerful this year than since their founding in 2015 as Democrats currently have control of the House of Representatives. Before the 2018 midterm elections, the House Freedom Caucus was a thorn in the sides of former Speakers of the House John Boehner and Paul Ryan, keeping conservative voices united against excessive spending whenever possible.
Biggs has been a strong ally for the administration, advocating for Trump’s border wall and criticizing Democrats over impeachment.
Meadows, one of the founding members of the caucus, was previously elected to serve a second term in January.
Meadows has been one of the most consistent voices in the House and representing the Freedom Caucus, standing by the President while pushing for conservative principles to reign again in the GOP. He and fellow founder Representative Jim Jordan are two of the most outspoken Republicans on Capitol Hill, regularly appearing on talk shows and offering their firebrand approach to conservatism to anyone with an ear to hear.
He was floated as a possible White House Chief of Staff when John Kelly resigned, but President Trump quickly told him he was more useful in Congress.
Biggs has conservative credentials that seem to match his predecessors. While not quite as outspoken or well known, it’s assumed he will play a bigger role in representing the conservative voice from Capitol Hill and on national news outlets seeking to interview him on various issues.
“I’ve been honored and humbled to serve as chairman of the Freedom Caucus for the last two and a half years, and I can’t think of a better person to pass the torch to than Andy Biggs.” – Mark Meadows
Can Biggs be the stalwart voice of conservatism that Meadows and Jordan have been the last four years? We will see, but his credentials tell us he has what it takes to carry the torch and keep conservatism shining on Capitol Hill.
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