Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsWatchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Trump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' MORE (R-N.C.) will step down as chairman of the House Freedom Caucus on Oct. 1 and will be replaced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who was officially elected as the new chairman on Tuesday. 

Meadows, one of President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE's close allies, was a heavy influence on House legislation as leader of the conservative group during Trump's first term, and he is expected to remain on its board moving forward.

“I’ve been honored and humbled to serve as chairman of the Freedom Caucus for the last two and a half years, and I can’t think of a better person to pass the torch to than Andy Biggs,” Meadows said in a statement.

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“Rep. Biggs is an outstanding public servant, a strong conservative, and a steady voice with the right experience to build on the tremendous strides our caucus has made since 2015 in fighting for open, limited, and accountable government. He’ll be a phenomenal leader for our group,” Meadows added.

The Freedom Caucus was repeatedly a thorn in the side of House Speakers John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Stripping opportunity from DC's children MORE (R-Ohio) and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece MORE (R-Wis.) when Republicans held majorities in the Senate. 

The group pushed for limits on spending that regularly made it difficult for GOP leaders to reach spending deals to fund the government. 

The influence of the group has diminished since Democrats took over the House majority, however. 

"I’m grateful for the trust of my colleagues in selecting me to serve as the next chairman of the House Freedom Caucus," Biggs said in a statement. "The Freedom Caucus has revolutionized Capitol Hill because our members endeavor to keep our promises to the American people." 

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Biggs has been a strong ally for the administration, advocating for Trump’s border wall and criticizing Democrats over impeachment.

Meadows, one of the founding members of the caucus, was previously elected to serve a second term in January.

The group of firebrand conservative lawmakers was established in 2015 and now has more than 30 members.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 AP Fact Check rates GOP claim Pelosi blocked National Guard on Jan. 6 'false' Officers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder MORE (R-Ohio), who served as House Freedom Caucus chairman from 2015 through 2017, is slated to stay on as chairman emeritus.