The House Freedom Caucus elected Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) to lead the hardline conservative group during a closed-door meeting Monday night.
Good, who was running unopposed, was nominated by the HFC board to succeed the current chair, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.).
Good had no comment on his election.
“Bob will do a good job,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) told us following the HFC vote. “He will fight for the issues.”
But not every HFC member was thrilled with Good’s pick. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) said he wouldn’t run for a leadership spot with Good as Freedom Caucus chair, according to a letter he sent to the group. The letter was first reported by Axios.
“I ask that we consider how to best increase our influence while preserving our power to move policy in the right direction,” Davidson wrote. “I strongly feel that Bob Good as Chairman will impair that objective.”
Good was one of the eight House Republicans who voted to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Perry reflected on his time as chair, saying he hopes Good will “lead better.” Perry touched on the challenges of negotiating with leadership as HFC chair.
“I think for most people, including the past chairs — Jordan, Meadows, Biggs — you kind of grow into the position,” Perry said. “You’re representing the group, the brand and so that you have to be open.”
Good’s term will start in January.
— Mica Soellner