House Republican Conference

Doug Collins Enters Race for GOP Conference Vice Chairman
Current vice chairwoman Lynn Jenkins will not seek re-election

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins is running for vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins has entered the race for the House Republican Conference vice chairmanship, creating a contest for the No. 5 spot in GOP leadership.

“As a leader who initiates crucial conversations and commits to hard votes, I am equipped to increase the unity within our party and across our nation,” Collins said in a pitch to colleagues.

Bill Flores Running for Vice Chair of GOP Conference
Current Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins has not announced whether she'll run again

Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, announced that he is running for vice chair of the House Republican Conference. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores told Roll Call Wednesday that he plans to run for vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. 

“I have informed several members of that choice,” Flores said, noting he planned to make a formal announcement to members later Wednesday.

House Republicans Really Love Chick-fil-A
GOP conference has spent $32,400 there so far this Congress

Chick-fil-A is the restaurant of choice for House Republicans. (Courtesy J.Reed/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Have a fixin’ for some chicken?

House Republicans seem to, as evidenced by the thousands of dollars the conference has spent at Chick-fil-A during the 114th Congress.

Ryan Faces Competing GOP Interests in September Session
Government funding, IRS impeachment part of his intraparty balancing act

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, seen leaving for the August recess, has to manage a fractious Republican caucus while trying to minimize losses in the upcoming elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

September will be a crucial month in determining how Speaker Paul D. Ryan manages competing interests within the House Republican conference. It's an ongoing balancing act that is expected to become more delicate amid a government funding deadline and the culmination of an election cycle in which the GOP is trying to avoid big losses.

Ryan is nearing the end of his first year as speaker, a marker at which lawmakers and observers will start to more closely examine the Wisconsin Republican’s leadership accomplishments and style, and assess whether he is the best person to lead the fractious GOP conference going forward.

Trump Rallies House Republicans, Soothes Nerves
Thursday meeting was part pep rally, part question time, members say

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves as he leaves his meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With less than two weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump met Thursday with House Republicans, some of whom are still anxious about his tone as the presumptive GOP nominee.  

But many members said they left the closed-door meeting at the Capitol Hill Club with a good feeling.  

GOP Convention Taps Pam Stevens
House GOP media affairs director will serve in similar role in Cleveland

Pam Stevens is on leave from her job with the Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pam Stevens is a political veteran and the Republican National Committee is taking advantage of it, picking her to direct media affairs for the party convention .  

Stevens is in Cleveland on leave from her Hill job until Aug. 1. She has been the director of media affairs and strategic initiatives for the House Republican Conference since 2013.  

McConnell to Visit House for 'Open Mic' Session

Ryan and McConnell head to lunch. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call)

In a bid to improve bicameral relations, Speaker Paul D. Ryan has invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to speak with the House Republicans the week of Nov. 16. "I've invited Leader McConnell to come over to our House Republican Conference and to address our conference and to enjoy what we call open mic period," Ryan said. "He took me up on my invitation so he should be coming and speaking with our conference when we return from this district work period."  

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