EXCLUSIVE: Jody Hice Expected to Replace Mark Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman

For the first time, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) who is expected to leave his post as the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus at the end year expressed his support for a successor as HFC Chairman.  

According to a source familiar with the inner workings of the House Freedom Caucus and Meadows’ own comments on Friday – his choice to succeed him is Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA). 

The House Freedom Caucus elects a nine member Board of Directors, which currently includes Meadows, Hice, and Republican Reps. Scott Perry (TX) and Jim Jordan (OH). The Board will elect the new Chairman sometime before Meadows’ December departure.

The Georgia Republican Assembly posted a video Saturday at the 2019 Resurgent Gathering at which Meadows and Hice spoke on a panel. Meadows can be heard at the end of the video suggesting that Hice become the next Chairman of the Freedom Caucus.

“I think he needs to be the next Chairman of the Freedom Caucus,” Meadows said, pointing at Hice after Hice expressed his gratitude for the Caucus’ dedication to serving constituents.

The Washington Examiner reported in January that Meadows will step down from the position in December.

Brant Frost, the Vice Chairman of the Georgia GOP endorsed Hice for the position.

“Jody has the backbone of Donald Trump and the humility of Mike Pence,” Frost told The Rundown.

“Jody has strong support among the grassroots back home and we are thrilled that he might become the new HFC Chairman,” he continued. “He brings both the background, the voting record, and the communication skills to be a great HFC Chairman.”

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