WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has certainly made his presence felt on Capitol Hill in the last few years. He was the motive force behind pushing Establishment Republican Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) out from the Speaker post; he leveraged the House Freedom Caucus to shape policy debates and score wins for conservatives; and he is a trusted confidant of President Donald Trump in his efforts to end business as usual in the Swamp.
Mere weeks ago, Meadows was featured on a shortlist of contenders to replace outgoing John Kelly as President Trump’s Chief of Staff, and was expected to give up his role as leader of the House Freedom Caucus.
Luckily for us, Trump elected to keep Meadows as an ally on Capitol Hill for now, and Meadows has just been re-elected to another year as chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
From The Hill:
“Meadows will stay on for an additional year and the group will then “elect a new chairman this off-cycle year,” according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.
The group added two additional officer positions, a source familiar with the meeting confirmed.
Meadows is one of President Trump’s top allies and confidants in the House.
The group of firebrand conservatives was established in 2015 and now contains more than 30 members. It has earned a reputation for being a thorn in the side of GOP leadership during Republicans’ time in the majority in the lower chamber.”
A thorn in the side of leadership on behalf of conservatism and the American people is exactly what we need. Being that the caucus plans on electing a new chairman next year, Meadows may have bigger plans in store.
Perhaps he does become an ally to President Trump in an official capacity. Or, better yet, maybe we’ll be referring to him as Speaker Mark Meadows after the 2020 elections?