House Freedom Caucus elects Rep. Scott Perry as new chairman

The House Freedom Caucus has elected Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryGOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe Jan. 6 panel asks McCarthy to cooperate MORE (R-Pa.) as its new chairman starting in January. 

The move was confirmed in a statement posted to the House Freedom Caucus's Twitter on Monday. 

Perry, an ally of former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE, has been part of the coalition of firebrand conservative lawmakers since it was founded in 2015. 

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"For the past six years, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the Freedom Caucus as we have tirelessly fought to hold the line to promote liberty, safety and prosperity for Americans,'' Perry said in the statement. "I am grateful to continue to carry the torch for these champions of freedom."

The current chairman of the caucus, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), will remain in his leadership position until Jan. 1, the statement added.

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Perry was one of several potential candidates to succeed Biggs, including Rep. Warren DavidsonWarren Earl DavidsonOhio Republican apologizes for comparing DC vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany amid backlash Ohio Republican sparks condemnation for comparing DC vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany Trump war with GOP seeps into midterms MORE of Ohio and Rep. Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanTop House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers Congress restores strict health protocols during omicron-fueled surge A woke military is no defense at all — why Defense bill in current form must not pass MORE of South Carolina, both of whom are Republicans and were also ardent allies of Trump, according to CNN

When Republicans held the majority, the Freedom Caucus was far more powerful, but now, the group of about 40 members has less authority as part of the minority. With Perry leading the group, it will attempt to regain some of its power, especially if Republicans are able to win the House majority back in the midterm elections in 2022, CNN added.

Last month, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) announced that he had joined the House Freedom Caucus less than a year into his tenure in Congress.