House Freedom Caucus elects GOP Rep. Scott Perry as next chair

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Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) has been elected chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, the ultra conservative group announced Monday night.

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why it matters: The Trump aide’s appointment comes as the Freedom Caucus aims to gain the kind of power Republicans need to win a majority by seeking to retake the House in the 2022 midterm elections. CNN Note,

What are they saying: “For the past six years, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the Freedom Caucus as we have fought tirelessly to promote freedom, security, and prosperity for Americans,” Perry said. Since the group’s inception in 2015, in a statement,

  • “I am grateful for carrying the torch to these champions of freedom,” the army veteran said.

of note: Perry was named in an interim Senate report last month as one of former President Trump aides who participated in a campaign to pressure the Justice Department to reverse the 2020 presidential election results.

What will happen next: Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), current Freedom Caucus president, will remain in the role until Jan. 1, according to the group’s statement.

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