Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as the newest co-chair of the Tuesday Group of moderate GOP lawmakers.
The Missouri Republican and Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) will lead the group of 37 lawmakers for the remainder of the 111th Congress, according to a release from the group.
“I’m very enthusiastic about the ability of this group of Republicans to influence policy in Congress and to produce the results the American people demand from their representatives,” Emerson said in a statement. “On fiscal issues, on regulatory issues and on issues of individual rights, we have never seen a government so big and obtrusive. Reversing that trend depends on ideas from the right and from the center.”
The group has focused for the past few years on promoting its “suburban agenda,” a cluster of bills aimed at addressing issues faced by Americans in the suburbs.
But over the past two election cycles, as moderate Republicans were defeated by Democratic challengers, the Tuesday Group has seen its membership drastically decrease.
Kirk, who is running for the Senate and will leave the House in January, said he was confident Emerson will help recruit members.
“Now more than ever, we need leaders who will be good stewards of the public’s money,” Kirk said in a statement. “I know Congresswoman Emerson will continue to grow our caucus membership and lead the way on reining in out of control government spending and fighting tax increases.”
Dent said in a statement, “She has an outstanding reputation within our caucus and the Republican conference as a pragmatic and constructive Member.”
He added, “I believe Congresswoman Emerson will be an extremely strong voice for Tuesday Group and center-right Republicans in the House and I applaud her election as co-chair.”