Biggs elected to lead conservative House Freedom Caucus




    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.

    Jeremy Duda
    Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. 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.”

    3 COMMENTS

    1. Interesting. So Biggsie says that the Freedom Caucus puts “principle over politics”. As a casual observer, it seems that he more likely puts “ideology over people”. Noted that the Freedom Caucus has blocked all of the gun safety efforts having yet to come up with any ideas of their own. They have blocked efforts to do something about prescription drugs, they supported the huge deficit increase caused by the Trump tax cuts for the corporations and the wealthy.
      Whose side are they on?

    2. Thank goodness the Dems control the House again with this bunch not making much of a difference how they vote. That was the only saving grace when Lesko won CD8.

    3. I do believe that “Biggs” stands for “Bigot.” Andy Biggs has not been helpful to ANYBODY during his “Tenure.” He is , instead, a HUGE “Doorstop Against Progress,” and he is a negative thinker!
      If the Congress all thinks like he does, G-D HELP US ALL ! Nobody is going to hurt him as they cross the Border! – They are c oming here for Jobs, a SAFE place to live, a friendly community that won’t hurt them! Oh, sure! ” That’s what we gave them !” thinks Andy! I wonder if anyone in his Family Tree, many years ago, came to the U . S. A. from some other country??? Maybe he needs to read up on his family history!!!

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