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 StefanikThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration House votes to overturn Trump's emergency declaration 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 LankfordGOP senators eye 'nuclear' move to change rules on Trump nominees Senate GOP goes down to wire in showdown with Trump Overnight Defense: Pentagon seeks B over five years for Space Force | Trump says Warmbier comments 'misinterpreted' | GOP bristles at Trump plan to pay for wall MORE (R-Okla.) also launched his Senate bid after being elected policy chair during his time in the House.