WASHINGTON, D.C.- As the deck shuffles on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of an increasingly damaging election for Republicans, a handful of congressmen from North Carolina are climbing up through the scrum. We documented their positioning earlier, reprinted below, and now high profile positions are coming into clearer focus that should benefit not only the people of North Carolina, but the country as a whole.
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As a ranking member of the Oversight Committee, Meadows will be in a pivotal role amid the oncoming onslaught of investigations and political plays from Democrats. As a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Meadows can use the position to reinforce sanity and call out the shenanigans sure to come.
The Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives may have moved into minority status, but the North Carolina caucus arguably moved up the congressional power rankings. The prominent posts attained by the likes of Reps. Patrick McHenry, Mark Walker, and Mark Meadows has long been helping the Old North State to swing above its weight class on Capitol Hill. Now, with the larger power structure receding in the chamber, our Republican delegation is increasing influence.
Only seat changed hands for North Carolina’s midterm congressional elections, with Mark Harris taking over Rep. Robert Pittenger’s seat. This maintains the 10 Republican, three Democrats makeup of the Carolina caucus, and marked our contribution to keeping the House majority.
Meadows is a leader on pushing the conservative cause as Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and now his fellow caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) is running for House minority leader. (Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA) just entered the race for Speaker too). Meadows has long had the president’s ear making him a key ally of President Trump as he works to counter what is likely to be a Nancy Pelosi led chamber.
The “other Mark,” Rep. Mark Walker, has also been in a position of power since 2017 when he was elected the head of the largest Republican caucus in congress, the Republican Study Committee. Walker has used the position, for the most part, to agitate on behalf of smaller and better government, less spending, and conservative policy in general.
It seems Walker is intent on climbing further up;after the election he announced his intention to run for GOP House Conference Vice Chair.