Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was tapped Monday night for a second term as House Freedom Caucus chairman, sealing his role as a top GOP attack dog against newly emboldened House Democrats.
Meadows will steer the ultraconservative group through the fall, according to several GOP sources, a shift from the group’s previous intentions to tap fresh leadership as soon as this month.
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The nearly three-dozen member group agreed in a closed-door meeting to keep Meadows in charge, effectively delaying elections through the end of the year.
“We have some great guys who are going to be the next chairman, but Mark’s doing an awesome job,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a previous chairman of the group, said Monday night.
Meadows told POLITICO that he is keeping his post “to allow for a transition to new leadership that will be seamless.”
The fate of the Freedom Caucus — which had outsize influence in a fractious GOP caucus — remains in flux after Republicans entered the minority for the first time since the group was founded in 2015.
Meadows, who is among Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress, has continued to hold sway over the president. Last month, he and other House conservatives said they helped persuade Trump to reject a Senate-passed funding bill that resulted in what turned into the longest government shutdown in history.
One of the group’s co-founders, Mick Mulvaney, is now Trump’s acting chief of staff, and is in touch regularly with his former House GOP colleagues.