Moore takes over as vice chair after former vice chair Mike Johnson stepped down to become Speaker of the House
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Republicans elected Rep. Blake Moore, who represents Utah’s 1st District, to the House Republican Conference’s vice chair position on Wednesday.
Moore takes over as vice chair after former vice chair Mike Johnson stepped down to become Speaker of the House.
Moore is in the midst of his second term in the House, and currently sits on the influential House Ways and Means committee and the House Budget Committee.
“I decided to run for the role of vice chair because I believe that an optimistic, conservative message is how we can best win the future. We have a strong and dynamic conference, and the future of our country depends on us rallying as a team around the policies that help make the American Dream possible for more families,” Moore said.
“I can’t wait to hit the ground running and work hard to amplify the many amazing voices of our conference alongside Chairwoman [Elise] Stefanik and the rest of the leadership team.”
Moore beat out several other candidates, including two first-term lawmakers, Reps. Mark Alford of Missouri and Mike Collins of Georgia, and four tenured lawmakers, including Reps. Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, Beth Van Duyne of Texas, and Brian Mast of Florida for the vice chair position.
House Republicans took more than two hours to elect their new vice chair, holding multiple rounds of voting and eliminating the candidate with the fewest votes each time. Van Duyne led the early rounds, but Moore took the lead when there were only three candidates left. Alford finished in third place.
The vice chair position is a junior leadership role ranking seventh in the House GOP leadership.
Moore will be responsible for effectively amplifying members’ voices to communicate the conference’s legislative agenda and priorities, in addition to coordinating special orders on the House floor, hosting professional development seminars for Republican staff, and liaising with committees, caucuses, and Republican leadership to build strong communications campaigns, among other responsibilities.
“We are very excited to have Congressman Blake Moore serving as the vice chair of the House Republican Conference,” said Stefanik. “He brings an optimistic vision, fresh ideas, and steadfast commitment to the job. Blake will play a vital role in providing our Republican members with the tools they need to share our message and record of delivering results to the American people.”