Tom Price Won't Run for Leadership

Price leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia has decided not to run for leadership in the wake of Eric Cantor's pending resignation as majority leader.  

Price said Thursday he's focused on succeeding Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., atop the Budget Committee.  

“The encouragement I’ve received from colleagues over these past couple of days has been humbling," he said. "My position has always been that I’m ready to serve in whatever capacity might best help unify our team, promote our conservative principles and, above all, pursue positive solutions on behalf of our constituents. To that end, at this time, my focus is on the opportunity to serve as the next chairman of the House Budget Committee.”  

Cantor's resignation has set off a massive leadership scramble for power  ahead of a June 19 vote to replace him.  

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