by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Representative Mark Meadows, a founder of the House Freedom Caucus and a leading House conservative, announced he will not seek another term in 2020.
“After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term,” Meadows said in an statement issued by a spokesman Thursday morning.
Meadows is close with President Trump and speaks with him regularly. He said in his statement he’ll continue to work with the president.
“My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning,” Meadows said. “This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come. I’ve always said Congress is a temporary job, but the fight to return Washington, D.C. to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun.”
Meadows took office in January 2013 as part of a class of freshmen elected with the help of the Tea Party movement. For the past two years, he was chairman of the rebel Freedom Caucus, a faction of conservatives who frequently bucked the GOP leadership on spending and other key legislation in effort to make measures more conservative.