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McMorris Rodgers Considering Bid for Conference Chairman

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seriously considering running for Republican Conference chairman should Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) vacate the position.

A source close to the Washington Republican said that she has been encouraged by Members to run for the Conference job and is considering her options. McMorris Rodgers currently serves as Conference vice chairwoman.

“Several Members have called McMorris Rodgers encouraging her to run should Pence choose to step down,” the source said.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling is also expected to seek the top Conference job if Pence steps aside. The Texan has not publicly expressed interest in running, but Republican sources say that he has been encouraged by GOP leadership to do so.

Other dark-horse candidates for the job include Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Blackburn lost a bid for Conference chairman in 2007.
Pence is rumored to be eyeing a presidential or gubernatorial bid.