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Who Are the Mysterious Members of the House Freedom Caucus?

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Leah Jessen / / / The Daily Signal

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan and eight other members founded the group in January. (Photo: Jeff Malet Photography/Newscom)

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan and eight other members founded the group in January. (Photo: Jeff Malet Photography/Newscom)

With over 40 members and no official roster, the House Freedom Caucus—a conservative group in the U.S. House of Representatives that pushed for House Speaker John Boehner to leave office—consists of a core group of leaders going against the Washington establishment.

After the start of the 114th Congress in January 2015, nine members of the House Republican Conference joined together to found the House Freedom Caucus.

A statement released on Jan. 26 said the House Freedom Caucus was formed “to advance an agenda of limited, constitutional government in Congress.”

“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,” the mission statement of the House Freedom Caucus reads. “We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.”

The group pushes to best represent voters from its districts back home. This includes priorities to reduce spending and maintain budget caps, eliminate corporate welfare and favoritism (such as the Export-Import Bank), and most recently, the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.

On Sept. 10, the caucus announced that it opposes any measure that includes funds for Planned Parenthood. A potential government shutdown could occur if Congress does not agree on a federal spending bill by Sept. 30.

9 Founding Members of the House Freedom Caucus

Chair, Jim Jordan

Age: 51

In Congress since: 2007

District: Ohio’s 4th

Fast fact: Jordan serves as the first chairman for the House Freedom Caucus.

Jordan serves on the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. During his time in Congress, he has been an advocate against tax hikes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in education, and a law degree.

Scott Garrett

Age: 56

In Congress since: 2003

District: New Jersey’s 5th

Fast Fact: In 2005, he founded the House Constitution Caucus, a group that educates on constitutional principles.

Garrett serves on the House Financial Services Committee and is a senior member on the House Budget Committee. He’s an advocate for pro-growth economic policies and holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

John Fleming

Age: 64

In Congress since: 2009

District: Louisiana’s 4th

Fast Fact: He authored legislation to urge Congress members to use the same health care system that they created for Americans.

Fleming serves on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. Fleming attended medical school on a Navy scholarship. He believes in individual liberty and the constitutional freedoms that give him an opportunity to achieve the American dream.

Matt Salmon

Age: 57

In Congress Since: 2013, previously served 1995-2001

District: Arizona’s 5th (His previous district was Arizona’s 1st)

Fast Fact: Salmon held the name “Watchdog of the Treasury” from Citizens Against Government Waste for six years in a row.

He serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Education and the Workforce Committees. He spent time in the Arizona State Senate before coming to Congress. Salmon has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Master of Public Administration degree.

Justin Amash

Age: 35

In Congress since: 2011

District: Michigan’s 3rd

Fast Fact: He has never missed a vote in Congress.

Amash serves on the Joint Economic and the Oversight and Government Reform Committees. A critic of the collection of Americans’ phone records by the government, Amash works to defend the civil liberties of Americans. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a law degree.

Raúl Labrador

Age: 47

In Congress since: 2011

District: Idaho’s 1st

Fast Fact: Born in Puerto Rico, Labrador moved to the states at age 13.

Labrador serves on the House Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. He has worked on immigration reform and on crafting a solution to secure the country’s borders. Before holding office in the Idaho House of Representatives, Labrador spent time as an attorney.

Mick Mulvaney

Age: 48

In Congress since: 2011

District: South Carolina’s 5th

Fast Fact: He has had many career endeavors—including starting his own law firm, running his family’s real estate business, and starting a small homebuilding company.

In Congress, Mulvaney serves on the House Financial Services and the Oversight and Government Reform Committees. His work in the House brings focus to jobs and the economy. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University during his undergraduate studies, went on to get a law degree, and went through Harvard Business School’s OPM program.

Ron DeSantis

Age: 37

In Congress since: 2013

District: Florida’s 6th

Fast Fact: DeSantis served as a military prosecutor in the Navy and also deployed to Iraq in 2007.

DeSantis is a member of the Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a degree from Harvard Law School.

Mark Meadows

Age: 56

In Congress since: 2013

District: North Carolina’s 11th

Fast Fact: Meadows introduced, in July, a motion for the House speaker chair to be vacated.

Meadows serves on three House committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Foreign Affairs. With 27 years experience as a small business owner, Meadows takes his business approach to Congress. He is also in favor of a strong national defense.

CQ Roll Call reports 38 known members of the House Freedom Caucus as of July. One of those members has since dropped out, leaving 37 members known to have attended at least one caucus meeting.

The House Freedom Caucus announced on Sept. 27 that it has not decided who to support as the next House speaker.

The statement from the group reads:

“We look forward to meeting with each of the candidates and our Republican Conference colleagues over the coming weeks in a careful and deliberative fashion to discuss how best to ensure that we follow regular order in the House and give a voice to the countless Americans who still feel that Washington does not represent them.”

This article originally appeared at The Daily Signal.

  • pkthornton

    it is good to know we finally have a voice in washington.maybe with this small voice speaking loudly just maybe things can begin to move in the right direction for the first time in congress in a very long time

  • DrBarbara

    So…let the government “shut down.” It won’t hurt anything and will, in fact, help a lot of people.

  • Terry

    Still they are a bunch of lawyers that can make laws without consern for the outcome to the country including for personal gain. Where is the economists with active knowledge of economics and what goes on in trading and Wall Street besides corrupt insiders and CEOs for profit? The reason, they can foresee the outcome before a decision is made like Martin Armstrong.
    This is good to know and need more like them. We too have a duty even without elections to act when Gov is forced down our throats with unconstitutional law making in the guise they are here to help us yeah right. That we are to control gov not the other way around even if those freedoms don’t include your point of view if you don’t support the Bill of rights or constitution you become part of the problem as Judas sold out Jesus not making this religious but the point of taking a stand against corruption and fear mongering and false flags and how they lead people in the destruction of this country from the inside.

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