House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office

House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office
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House Republicans on Thursday adopted an amendment to conference rules that would bar lawmakers from remaining in leadership positions if they are seeking higher office.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House MORE (R-N.Y.), would force members of House GOP leadership to step down from their post if they announce Senate or gubernatorial bids.

"It’s a commonsense proposal to ensure House Republican leaders are focused on advancing our legislative agenda, and Rep. Stefanik is pleased it was passed unanimously," Stefanik spokesman Tom Flanagin said in a statement.

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GOP sources said there were some grievances within the party last year over Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserYoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office Indiana New Members 2019 MORE (R-Ind.) launching his Indiana Senate bid shortly after obtaining the position of GOP policy chair. He ended up losing in the Senate GOP primary earlier this year.

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordBipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems Dems push to revive Congress' tech office US-China trade talks end without announcement of deal MORE (R-Okla.) also launched his Senate bid after being elected policy chair during his time in the House.