A Texan will serve as the Republican National Committee’s next general counsel, Chairman Reince Priebus announced Thursday.
Texas National Committeeman Bill Crocker will take over the position Priebus held while Michael Steele was RNC chairman. Crocker has been the RNC committeeman for Texas since 2004.
“I am thrilled to have someone on board with not only the legal and political expertise that Bill possesses, but also someone who is an expert on the nuts and bolts of this committee,” Priebus said in a statement. “His long service in Republican politics and experience at the grassroots level makes him an ideal choice as we continue to grow our Party.”
Crocker endorsed former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis for RNC chairman in December, but Priebus included Crocker on his transition team after he was elected RNC chairman in January.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.