In April 2018, Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced he would not be seeking re-election. Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan has become the first House member to officially announce his plan to run for Speaker of the House. Rep. Jordan has gained prominence as a leader in the House Freedom Caucus, a group within the House dedicated to advancing conservative principles. Here is all you need to know about Jordan and the race:
Jordan penned a letter to House members announcing his candidacy this week. In this letter, Jordan praised President Trump’s “bold, decisive” actions for revitalizing the American economy. Jordan also outlined his top legislative priorities and called upon members of Congress to focus on those policy issues during the August recess to mobilize support for the party. Jordan claims once these policy priorities are met, Republicans have a real chance of maintaining control of the House in the midterms. These issues include:
Passing across-the-board welfare reform that requires able-bodied adults to work in order to get benefits.
Building a border security wall and reforming our broken immigration system, making it fairer for highly skilled people who want to come here legally.
Making the 2017 tax cuts permanent to spur economic growth.
Ending taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.
Enacting immediate spending cuts to ensure we never see $1 trillion in deficits.
Once these issues are addressed and the House majority is maintained then, as Jordan explains, he will plan to run for Speaker of the House.
On the issues
As demonstrated from the letter mentioned above, Jordan is a strong defender of President Trump, border security, fiscal responsibility, and welfare reform.
FreedomWorks gave Jordan a 97 percent legislative score for the current congressional term, Jordan’s notable conservative votes include support for right to try legislation allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental medical procedures, support for a resolution denouncing the use of a Carbon Tax, and support for the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act. Jordan missed the 100 percent ranking for voting in favor of additional fame subsidies.