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
© Greg Nash

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 StefanikBipartisan House bill seeks to improve pandemic preparedness The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve House GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 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 MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office 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 Lankford7 GOP senators slam State Dept for 'slow and inefficient policy' on passports Trump pushes back against GOP senators' criticism of dispersal of protesters in Lafayette Square: 'You got it wrong' Republicans turning against new round of ,200 rebate checks MORE (R-Okla.) also launched his Senate bid after being elected policy chair during his time in the House.