(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) was unanimously elected Thursday by his peers to become the next chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill.
There exists a strong Hoosier tradition of chairing the Republican Study Committee: Vice President Mike Pence, former Rep. David McIntosh and former Rep. Dan Burton all previously served as chairmen of the influential caucus. Other notable former chairmen include Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan and Republican Whip Steve Scalise.
“I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to lead the Republican Study Committee in the 117th Congress,” said Banks. “As the heart and soul of the conservative movement in the House, RSC is stronger than ever as we lead the fight for conservative values and push back against the radical socialist wing that controls the Democrat Party today. We will have our work cut out for us, but I won’t back down from the fight!”
“As chair of the Republican Study Committee, I will have an even larger platform to champion our conservative values in Congress,” continued Banks.
The RSC has served as the conservative caucus of House Republicans and a leading influencer on the right since its original founding in 1973. It exists to bring like-minded House members together to promote a strong, principled legislative agenda that will limit government, strengthen our national defense, boost America’s economy, preserve traditional values and balance our budget. It has been called the “intellectual arsenal of conservatism” in the House of Representatives, and its purpose is to steer a conservative legislative agenda.
During the 116th Congress, there were 148 members of the Republican Study Committee, nearly 75% of the 199 total Republicans.