House Republican Conference

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House Republican Conference
Part of United States House of Representatives
Floor Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA)
Floor Whip Steve Scalise (LA)
Chair Liz Cheney (WY)
Vice Chair Mike Johnson (LA)
Ideology Conservatism [1]
Fiscal conservatism [2]
Social conservatism [3] [4]
Affiliation Republican Party
Colors  Red
Seats
211 / 435
Website
https://www.gop.gov

The House Republican Conference is the party caucus for Republicans in the United States House of Representatives. It hosts meetings and is the primary forum for communicating the party's message to members. The Conference produces a daily publication of political analysis under the title Legislative Digest .

Contents

The conference has a chair who directs day-to-day operations and who is assisted by an elected vice chair and a secretary. The current chair is Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who assumed the position in 2019. [5]

In the 112th Congress, the chair was Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the vice chair was Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, and the secretary was John Carter of Texas. For the 113th Congress (2013–2015), the party elected Cathy McMorris Rodgers as the Chair after a tough fight with conservative Tom Price of Georgia. They also elected Lynn Jenkins of Kansas to the position of Vice Chair and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina to the position of Secretary. [6]

Former chairs include Gerald Ford, John Boehner, Mike Pence, John B. Anderson, Dick Cheney, Jack Kemp, J. C. Watts, Deborah D. Pryce, and Adam Putnam.

Current hierarchy

Effective with the start of the 117th Congress, the conference leadership is as follows:

Conference leader

DatesRepresentativeState
February 1, 1860 – March 3, 1861 William Pennington New Jersey
July 4, 1861 – March 4, 1863 Galusha A. Grow Pennsylvania
December 7, 1863 – March 3, 1869 Schuyler Colfax Indiana
March 3, 1869 – March 4, 1869 Theodore M. Pomeroy New York
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1875 James G. Blaine Maine
December 4, 1889-March 3, 1899 Thomas Brackett Reed Maine
December 4, 1899 – March 4, 1903 David B. Henderson Iowa
November 9, 1903 – March 4, 1911 Joseph Gurney Cannon Illinois
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1919 James Robert Mann Illinois
May 19, 1919 – March 3, 1925 Frederick H. Gillett Massachusetts
December 7, 1925 – March 4, 1931 Nicholas Longworth Ohio
March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1939 Bertrand Snell New York
January 3, 1939-January 3, 1959 Joseph W. Martin Jr. Massachusetts
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965 Charles A. Halleck Indiana
January 3, 1965 – December 6, 1973 Gerald Ford Michigan
December 7, 1973 – January 3, 1981 John Jacob Rhodes Arizona
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1995 Robert H. Michel Illinois
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999 Newt Gingrich Georgia
January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2007 Dennis Hastert Illinois
January 3, 2007-October 29, 2015 John Boehner Ohio
October 29, 2015 – January 3, 2019 Paul Ryan Wisconsin
January 3, 2019-present Kevin McCarthy California

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