by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was elected chairman of the House Freedom Caucus on Monday evening by the conservative group’s 42 members.
Meadows, who will enter his third term in January, will replace the retiring Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio next month. The Tar Heel State politician said he is “ready to get to work,” according to a statement issued shortly after the election.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the support of my colleagues for Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. It is a position that I take very seriously, and as we look toward the coming year, I am tremendously excited about the opportunities we will have to make a difference for Americans on Main Street. I want to thank my colleagues for entrusting me with their support – especially outgoing Chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, for his outstanding leadership over our first two years.
“The voters of this country sent an abundantly clear message on November 8th that they feel as though Washington does not represent them. Now, it’s time for Washington to do what it has failed to for decades – listen. With a new administration coming in, the Freedom Caucus is ready to go to work on day one to help lead the fight to give Americans a voice in their government,” Meadows wrote.