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Revision as of 17:28, 26 March 2017

House Freedom Caucus is a group, of conservative Congressional Representatives. It is essentially a conservative version of the much larger Republican Study Committee. Members have often clashed with GOP leadership.

The House Freedom Caucus mission reads:

The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.

In practice, however, the House Freedom Caucus has become heavily influenced by big-money individuals and organizations, such as the Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, and the Koch brothers, none of which have a pro-life agenda. The House Freedom Caucus blocked the ObamaCare repeal bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood.

Membership analyzed

Member Position
Mark Meadows of North Carolina successfully forced John Boehner out as Speaker
Justin Amash of Michigan pro-life libertarian who is anti-Trump
Brian Babin Ted Cruz supporter
Rod Blum of Iowa strong Trump supporter
Dave Brat of Virginia ousted second-in-line for Speaker, Eric Cantor, in his primary in 2014; Brat supported Trump

Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma. Campaigned for Ted Cruz but then supported Trump.

Mo Brooks of Alabama. Said he vote Republican, without endorsing Trump.

Ken Buck of Colorado. Called Trump a “fraud”.

Warren Davidson of Colorado. Has agreed with Trump 100% of the time.

Ron DeSantis of Florida. In May 2016 he endorsed Trump.

Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee. Endorsed Trump early, in March 2016.

Jeff Duncan. One of the first officials to endorse Trump.

Trent Franks of Arizona. Supported Trump.

Tom Garrett Jr. of Virginia. Supported Trump.

Paul Gosar of Arizona. Endorsed Trump in July 2016.

Morgan Griffith of Virginia. Supported Trump after he became the presumptive nominee.

Andy Harris of Maryland. Supported Trump but has been critical.

Jody Hice of Georgia. Silent about Trump.

Jim Jordan of Ohio. Enthusiastically supported Trump since May 2016.

Raúl Labrador of Idaho. Supported Trump but has criticized him.

Alex Mooney of West Virginia. Supported Trump.

Gary Palmer of Alabama. Supported Trump.

Steve Pearce of New Mexico. Supported Trump but has criticized him.

Scott Perry of Pennsylvania. Supported Trump.

Ted Poe of Texas. Praised Trump, and resigned in late March from the Freedom Caucus.

Bill Posey of Florida. Supported Trump

Mark Sanford of South Carolina. Opposed Trump.

David Schweikert of Arizona. Supported Ted Cruz, then Trump.

Randy Weber of Texas. Did not support Trump.

Ted Yoho of Florida. Supported Trump.

Founding Republican Members

See also