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Biggs elected to lead conservative House Freedom Caucus

By: - September 10, 2019 5:01 pm

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, speaking at the 2019 Teen Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA in July 2019 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs will take over next month as the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

The caucus of conservative U.S. House members elected Biggs to replace North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, who will step down from the position on Oct. 1, The Hill reported on Tuesday. He will be the third chairman of the Freedom Caucus, after Meadows and Ohio’s Jim Jordan.

Biggs, a Gilbert Republican who is in his second term representing the East Valley-based 5th Congressional District, said he’s grateful for the trust of colleagues who chose him to lead the Freedom Caucus.

“The Freedom Caucus has revolutionized Capitol Hill because our members endeavor to keep our promises to the American people. Freedom Caucus members have shown that they will stand for principle over politics—every time,” Biggs said in a written statement. 

Biggs vowed that the Freedom Caucus “will stand with President Trump as he keeps his promises to the American people.”

“We must fight against increased government spending and for a balanced budget. We must fight for border security and the elimination of all loopholes that incentivize illegal entry into this nation. We must work to lower health care costs and improve access and quality for all Americans,” he said.

Biggs also said he’s thankful to former Congressman Matt Salmon, his predecessor, who was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus in 2015. Salmon now works as a lobbyist for Arizona State University.

Biggs is one of four Arizonans who are currently part of the Freedom Caucus. Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert are also members. 

The Freedom Caucus frequently feuded with Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan, often seeking to push leadership to the right and trying to block policies its members viewed as insufficiently conservative. As The Hill noted, its influence has waned since the Democratic takeover of the House in last year’s elections.

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”