Senate Tea Party Caucus
Led by Jim DeMint, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, their support signals approval for the Tea Party and an opportunity to strengthen the movement so that it might become a more powerful political force. Some conservatives, such as newly elected Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), have concerns about co-opting the popular grassroots movement, but may ultimately join this caucus.
Its first public meeting, with good attendance by grassroots Tea Partiers and the media, was held on January 27, 2011.
|Joined the Caucus||Has Not Joined the Caucus|
|Jim DeMint (R-SC)||Marco Rubio (R-FL)|
|Rand Paul (R-KY)||Pat Toomey (R-PA)|
|Mike Lee (R-UT)||Ron Johnson (R-WI)|
|Jerry Moran (R-KS)|