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Compare 113th House Leaders to Tea Party Leaders

After the 2010 midterm elections there was great joy and anticipation of how a new Republican majority in the House would keep the Obama regime in check. The Tea Party played a huge roll in achieving a new majority, and many of us thought the establishment DC Republicans would be grateful for what they helped bring about. We were wrong. It soon became obvious that the new Tea Party supported members were despised and ignored by the establishment. Attempts were made to force them to get their a$$ in line if they knew what was good for them. Some did but many did not. They were threatened with getting no support for reelection in 2012, and they followed through on that threat. The good news is that most of them won reelection with no support. The bad news is that three did not win reelection, Allen West, Sandy Adams, and Joe Walsh. There is a Tea Party caucus in the House, and their website is here.

Below are two tables created for comparison purposes. The first table has the House Leadership and committee chairmen selected for the 113th Congress. The decision for Ethics Chairman has not yet been announced. There are 10 new members, and two are improvements, Ed Royce and Lynn Jenkins. The choice of Greg Walden from Oregon for NRCC chairman makes it clear that Tea Party supported candidates will once again receive no support. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the DC establishment Republicans to have an epiphany and embrace the Tea Party. We need to wage this war at the local level in order to get more Tea Party backed candidates (conservatives) in office. Right now there are about 50 members in the House, and we need about 80 more to join them for the necessary leverage.

The second table has House leadership and committee chairmen from the House Tea Party Caucus. The Madison Performance Index (MPI) is used in both tables to grade the members, and the methodology can be found here. The committee chairmen have all worked in the committee they chair. While it may be impossible to change the Republican House leadership, the future damage they can render upon this nation makes it necessary to attempt to change it. While we may sometimes find the personality of some of these Tea Party House members annoying, we know they vote the right way.

Position Member Cook PVI Average Score Target Index (MPI)
Majority Leader Eric Cantor VA-7 R+9 58 84 -26
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy CA-22 R+16 62 90 -28
Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers WA-5 R+7 62 81 -19
Conference Vice-Chair Lynn Jenkins KS-2 R+9 74.5 84 -9.5
Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford OK-5 R+13 78 90 -12
Conference Secretary Virginia Foxx NC-5 R+15 81.5 90 -8.5
Budget Paul Ryan WI-1 R+2 75.5 73.5 2
Appropriations Hal Rogers KY-5 R+16 52 90 -38
Financial Services Jeb Hensarling TX-5 R+17 85.5 90 -4.5
Ways and Means Dave Camp MI-4 R+3 54.5 75 -20.5
Armed Services Buck McKeon CA-25 R+6 53 79.5 -26.5
Homeland Security Michael McCaul TX-10 R+10 71.5 85.5 -14
Intelligence Mike Rogers MI-8 R+2 63 73.5 -10.5
Natural Resources Doc Hastings WA-4 R+13 54.5 90 -35.5
Energy and Commerce Fred Upton MI-6 Even 52 70.5 -18.5
Education and the Workforce John Kline MN-2 R+4 68.5 76.5 -8
Oversight and Government Reform Darrell Issa CA-49 R+10 74.5 85.5 -11
Agriculture Frank Lucas OK-3 R+24 51.5 90 -38.5
Transportation and Infrastructure Bill Shuster PA-9 R+17 54.5 90 -35.5
Judiciary Bob Goodlatte VA-6 R+12 78.5 88.5 -10
Foreign Affairs Edward Royce CA-39 R+8 91 82.5 8.5
Science, Space, and Technology Lamar Smith TX-21 R+14 59 90 -31
Veterans’ Affairs Jeff Miller FL-1 R+21 88.5 90 -1.5
Small Business Sam Graves MO-6 R+7 64.5 81 -16.5
Administration Candice Miller MI-10 R+5 65 78 -13
NRCC Chairman Greg Walden OR-2 R+10 48.5 85.5 -37
Rules Pete Sessions TX-32 R+8 75.5 82.5 -7
Average Score for 113th Leaders -17.4

Position Member Cook PVI Average Score Target Index (MPI)
Majority Leader Mick Mulvaney SC-5 R+7 96 81 15
Majority Whip Dennis Ross FL-15 R+6 92 79.5 12.5
Conference Chairman Joe Wilson SC-2 R+9 95.5 84 11.5
Conference Vice-Chair Tim Walberg MI-7 R+2 83.5 73.5 10
Policy Committee Chairman Trent Franks AZ-8 R+13 98.5 90 8.5
Conference Secretary Jeff Duncan SC-3 R+17 97.5 90 7.5
Budget Tom McClintock CA-4 R+10 89.5 85.5 4
Appropriations Tom Graves GA-14 R+28 98.5 90 8.5
Financial Services Steve Pearce NM-2 R+6 79 79.5 -0.5
Ways and Means Edward Royce CA-39 R+8 91 82.5 8.5
Armed Services Doug Lamborn CO-5 R+14 97 90 7
Homeland Security Paul Broun GA-10 R+15 95.5 90 5.5
Intelligence Michele Bachmann MN-6 R+7 89.5 81 8.5
Natural Resources Mike Coffman CO-6 R+8 84 82.5 1.5
Energy and Commerce Phil Gingrey GA-11 R+20 88 90 -2
Education and the Workforce Trey Gowdy SC-4 R+15 96.5 90 6.5
Oversight and Government Reform Blake Farenthold TX-27 R+2 67 73.5 -6.5
Agriculture Steve King IA-4 R+9 87.5 84 3.5
Transportation and Infrastructure Jeff Landry LA-3 R+12 90.5 88.5 2
Judiciary Louie Gohmert TX-1 R+21 91 90 1
Foreign Affairs Ted Poe TX-2 R+13 88.5 90 -1.5
Science, Space, and Technology Randy Neugebauer TX-19 R+26 88.5 90 -1.5
Veterans’ Affairs Tim Huelskamp KS-1 R+23 96.5 90 6.5
Small Business Steven Chabot OH-1 D+1 87.5 69 18.5
Administration John Fleming LA-4 R+11 93 87 6
NRCC Chairman Lynn Westmoreland GA-3 R+19 84.5 90 -5.5
Rules Daniel Webster FL-10 R+2 67.5 73.5 -6
Average Score for Tea Party Leaders 4.8

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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. What the House under John Benedict Boehner has done and become is disheartening in the extreme. What you propose (work hard at the local level to get TP people elected) is the right solution. Unfortunately, there are no immediate ways to change much of the direction. It has to be a process, and it will take awhile. Bummer that. But I don’t see a way around it. Like you say, Boss Boehner and his henchmen, they ain’t a-changing.

  1. What the House under John Benedict Boehner has done and become is disheartening in the extreme. What you propose (work hard at the local level to get TP people elected) is the right solution. Unfortunately, there are no immediate ways to change much of the direction. It has to be a process, and it will take awhile. Bummer that. But I don’t see a way around it. Like you say, Boss Boehner and his henchmen, they ain’t a-changing.

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