Steve Stivers

NRCC Names First Female Head of Recruitment
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will help find 2018 candidates

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will be the NRCC’s vice chairwoman for recruitment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers has named New York Rep. Elise Stefanik the committee’s vice chairwoman for recruitment for the 2018 election cycle. 

Stefanik is the first woman to lead recruitment efforts for the party, a significant appointment given that the GOP trails Democrats in the number of women in Congress. Democrats have 62 female members in the House, while Republicans have just 21.

House Republicans Entrust Majority to Rogers at NRCC
New York native begins fourth cycle at committee, but first as executive director

John Rogers was part of the National Republican Congressional Committee team that limited the party’s losses in the House to a net of just six seats in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Rogers was born in Amsterdam, New York, a small-town about a half-hour west of Albany, but Republican friends know him best for once identifying an unlikely takeover opportunity three hours south in New York City.

Is There Space for a Republican EMILY’s List?
Litmus tests might not work the same way on the right

Alabama’s Martha Roby is one of only 26 Republican women in Congress. Some party members wonder if they need their own version of EMILY’s List to increase that number. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As recently as the second Reagan administration, Republicans had more women in Congress than Democrats. Then EMILY’s List took hold.

The political action committee, founded in 1984, dedicated itself to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, becoming an influential force in primaries even when it clashed with the wishes of party leaders. Now, of the 104 women in the 115th Congress, 75 percent are Democrats.

Obamacare ‘Cliff’ Worries Republicans
Congress starts sweating the details of ‘repeal and replace’

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will lead Republicans’ joint retreat next month in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Word on the Hill: Busy Social Week
Hamburgers and shuffling staffer

Ben Bergstrom, from North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s office puts a Santa hat on a mountain lion on loan from North Dakota's Kenner Simmental Ranch while decorating for Christmas in their Russell building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hopefully, you got some rest this weekend because the week’s social calendar is jampacked.

Since there is a lot going on and a lot of holiday parties, HOH weeded through the list to give you the best options each day.

Stivers Promotes Polling Guru to Executive Director of NRCC
John Rogers helped committee develop new polling methodology

NRCC chairman-elect Steve Stivers has named the committee’s political director as executive director for the 2018 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Political Director John Rogers will serve as executive director of the House Republicans’ campaign arm for the 2018 cycle.

“We are building a world-class team, which will be laser focused on maintaining the House Majority, and gaining seats where we can. John is the first part of that team,” NRCC chairman-elect Steve Stivers said in a statement Friday announcing Rogers’ promotion.

House GOP Elects Reps. Stivers, Collins, Smith to Leadership Team
Ryan, McCarthy, Scalise and McMorris Rodgers also win conference support

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, was elected by his House Republican colleagues to serve as chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee for the 2018 midterm cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republican Conference on Tuesday moved to keep Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his top leadership team in place for the 115th Congress, while electing three new faces to lower-rung leadership posts. 

The conference elected Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee over Texas’ Roger Williams. The vote, conducted by secret ballot, was 143 to 96. 

NRCC Chair Candidates Seek to Increase Member Input
Reps. Steve Stivers and Roger Williams face off for campaign chief

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, are running to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Bill Clark/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)

Regardless whether House Republicans elect Rep. Steve Stivers or Rep. Roger Williams as their next campaign chief, they’ll be doing so with the understanding that the future chairman wants members to be more involved in the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Stivers of Ohio and Williams of Texas have been quietly campaigning for NRCC chairman for weeks, making pitches to their colleagues about their plans for the 2018 midterm elections before the 2016 cycle had even concluded. 

House Members Seek Rules Changes on Ousting Speaker, Moments of Silence
Rules Committee hears ideas from members as it considers changes for 115th Congress

One House rules change under consideration would target the process the House Freedom Caucus used to pressure former Speaker John Boehner to resign. (Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

House members, frustrated by events such as conservatives' effort to oust former Speaker John A. Boehner and congressional inaction after multiple mass shootings, proposed changes to the Rules Committee Wednesday to prevent such scenarios from occurring in the 115th Congress. 

Wednesday's discussion on House rules that should be amended for the next Congress follows an April hearing on proposed changes to the appropriations process. Rules and Organization of the House Subcommittee Chairman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, said that he may hold another hearing, but that at a minimum he plans to continue discussing ideas with his colleagues.