The Speaker of the House John Boehner is retiring. As a direct result, a waterfall of House leadership positions open up.
The current Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is being promoted as a slam dunk for the Speakership. If McCarthy becomes Speaker, the Majority Leader position will be open.
What is interesting is that Rep Tom Price, our Ga 6th District Representative, is being mentioned for the potentially vacated Majority Leader slot.
I’ve not heard Rep Price say specifically he will run for the position, but I keep hearing his name mentioned. (Georgia has not had a representative in House leadership since Newt Gingrich resigned following the 1998 elections; as the leadership races begin to unfold, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on Price’s career.)
Since being elected to the U.S. House, Price has joined several House Caucuses with varying focuses. He is a member of the anti-VAT caucus, Immigration Reform caucus, the Tea Party caucus, Republican Israel Caucus, and was Chair of the Republican Study Committee for a time where he is still a member.
Of great interest to our Learning Community is that Price is a member of the Congressional Health Care Caucus and the GOP Doctors Caucus founded by one of his former fellow Georgia representatives, Phil Gingrey. The caucus’ aim is to “play an effective role in shaping health care policy.” Price is one of the few GOP reps to offer an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare -here is the link – restoring_the_trust_7.14.15.
Our Ga 6th District Learning Community is spending a lot of effort on analyzing that plan – for a link to that discussion click here.
It is interesting to note that while, Price has long been considered a conservative member of the House but as hard-line conservatives refuse to make compromises, Price has come under some fire in his role as Chairman of the Budget Committee.
Price has remained pretty quiet on the leadership campaign but was respectful and complimentary of Boehner as he resigns. “Speaker John Boehner has served the House of Representatives with honor. He has served at a time of tremendous challenges, and he has always maintained an admirable and healthy sense of purpose and perspective. I thank John and his family for that service, and wish them well in the days ahead,” said Price in a statement.