Several months after ousting its long-serving executive director over allegations of confidentiality breaches, the Republican Study Committee has tapped a successor.
Will Dunham will take the reins of the House's largest members' organization committed to advancing conservative policy, RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, R-La., announced Wednesday. "Will’s proven track record and his commitment to the conservative cause are tremendous assets to the more than 170 Members of the Republican Study Committee,” said Scalise said in a statement. “Will’s strong conservative background combined with his skillful understanding of the legislative process will serve the RSC well as we fight to pass conservative principles into law.
"It’s an honor to have Will as our wing man in this fight,” he said.
Dunham had been serving as executive director in the interim capacity since the firing of Paul Teller, who is now the deputy chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. During Teller's tenure, Dunham was the RSC's senior policy adviser and, before that, he worked for the Hillsdale College, the Heritage Foundation and for Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.
Dunham's former employers had kind words for him.
"He has grown into a leader in the movement to restore our Constitution and the limited government it required. He represents the future of the conservative movement," said Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn. Hillsdale is a liberal arts college in Michigan that promotes conservative principles. In April 2011 the college made a second home for itself near Capitol Hill.
Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner added: "Will Dunham is a principled conservative who understands the American political system."