Conservative Jim Jordan Running For House Speaker

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, announced his run for the Speaker Of The House, presuming Republicans keep control of the chamber. He would face likely competition from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. In a letter to colleagues he announced his plans if elected,

  • To fully repeal the 2010 health-care law
  • Build a wall along the southern border
  • Make the 2017 tax cuts permanent
  • Cut federal spending to avoid large deficits

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring said that he supports House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, despite the fact he will not be in the next Congress.

Many conservatives want a choice, and 114 leaders signed a letter asking for Jim Jordan to be the alternative. The letter praised Jordan for having “an unwavering commitment to our constitutional liberties and conservative principles of free market economics, budgetary discipline, traditional values and a strong national defense.”

Many Freedom Caucus members are likely to support Jordan, R-Ohio. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a caucus leader, said he “certainly” supports Jordan.

A conservative advocacy group, FreedomWorks, is backing Jim Jordan as well,

Who Is Jim Jordan

  • He graduated from Graham High School in 1982, where he was a four-time state champion in wrestling with a career record of 150-1.
  • He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion
  • He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
  • November 1994 he was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly,
  • He served three terms as State Representative of the 85th Ohio House District.
  • In 2000 he won a seat in the Ohio Senate
  • In May 2006, Jordan won the Republican primary race for the 4th Congressional district of Ohio. He was reelected in 2008
  • During the 114th Congress, Jordan helped found the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives working to “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.” He served as the group’s first chairman.
  • Acknowledged for:
    • Watchdog of the Treasury (1996, 2000, 2004)
    • Outstanding Legislator (2004)
    • Outstanding Freshman Legislator (1996)
    • Friend of the Taxpayer (1997)
    • Pro-Life Legislator of the Year (1998)
    • Defender of Life award from the Ohio Right to Life Society
    • 2001 Leadership in Government Award from the Ohio Roundtable and Freedom Forum
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