See how many members of the House Freedom Caucus we all managed to vote out of office in November 2018.
One of the most consistently popular posts on OTYCD is the one titled See This List of Members of the House Freedom Caucus So You Can Vote Them Out in November.
Its appeal is self-evident. It occurred to us that now the 2018 mid-terms are done, we should do an update post and tell you how things went.
As noted in the original article, which is linked above, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) does not publish a roster of its members or otherwise identify them.
As you look at this update and note the Democrats who pushed some HFC members out of office, think about adopting one or more of those victors for your 2020 Core Four. Also keep in mind that the HFC folks come from ruby-red areas of the country, the sorts of places that the Cook Political Report tends to dub “Solid Republican.”
Justin Amash, representing Michigan’s 3rd District. He won a fifth term.
Joe Barton, representing Texas’s 6th District. In November 2017, he announced that he would retire from Congress after a three-decade career in the House of Representatives. This statement came soon after news broke of his involvement in extramarital affairs. It should be said that no one has accused Barton of sexual misconduct or harassment, and the affairs were consensual. Regardless, he felt it best not to run again.
Republican Ronald Wright defeated Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for the seat Barton vacated, garnering 53.1 percent of the vote to Sanchez’s 45.4 percent.
According to Ballotpedia, Wright signaled his interest in joining the House Freedom Caucus. See this link: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_congressional_Republican_Party_primary_runoffs,_2018
So, while Barton declined to run again, he was replaced with a new HFC member.
Read OTYCD‘s post on Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez:
Andy Biggs, representing Arizona’s 5th District. He won his second term.
Rod Blum, representing Iowa’s 1st District. He was DEFEATED in his bid for a third term by Democrat Abby Finkenauer. Please consider giving her a head start by donating to her 2020 campaign.
Dave Brat, representing Virginia’s 7th District. He was DEFEATED in his bid for a third term by Democrat Abigail Spanberger.
The election was close, however, with her getting 50.3 percent to his 48.4 percent. If you’re able to start donating to Spanberger’s 2020 re-election campaign now, please do.
Mo Brooks, representing Alabama’s 5th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.
Ken Buck, representing Colorado’s 4th District. He won his third term in 2018.
Ted Budd, representing North Carolina’s 13th District. He won his second term in 2018.
Warren Davidson, representing Ohio’s 8th District. He won his first full term in 2018.
Ron DeSantis, representing Florida’s 6th District. He retired from his house seat to run for the governor of Florida in 2018, and ultimately defeated Andrew Gillum in a close contest.
Republican Michael Waltz defeated Democrat Nancy Soderberg for DeSantis’s old seat by 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent.
Nothing in Waltz’s Ballotpedia entry indicates that he’s joined the House Freedom Caucus. So, while the seat is in Republican hands, it might not be in HFC hands.
Scott DesJarlais, representing Tennessee’s 4th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.
Jeff Duncan, representing South Carolina’s 3rd District. He won his fifth term in 2018.
Matt Gaetz, representing Florida’s 1st District. He won a second term in 2018.
Tom Garrett Jr., representing Virginia’s 5th District. He sent mixed signals in late May, saying he wouldn’t run for a second term, and then saying he would. He ultimately withdrew.
Republican Denver Riggleman represented the party instead. He defeated Democrat Leslie Cockburn by 53.2 percent to 46.6 percent.
Riggleman’s Ballotpedia entry doesn’t say anything about the House Freedom Caucus, so odds are he is not a member.
Louie Gohmert, representing Texas’s 1st District. He was re-elected in 2018.
Paul A. Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.
Morgan Griffith, representing Virginia’s 9th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.
Andy Harris, representing Maryland’s 1st District. He won his fifth term in 2018.
Jody Hice, representing Georgia’s 10th District. He won his third term in 2018.
Jim Jordan, representing Ohio’s 4th District (he’s also co-chair of the HFC). He was first elected to the House in 2006. He won re-election in 2018.
Raúl Labrador, representing Idaho’s 1st District. He left the seat to run for governor of Idaho in 2018, and lost in the Republican primary.
Republican Russ Fulcher won the seat in 2018. His Ballotpedia entry makes no mention of the House Freedom Caucus.
Mark Meadows, representing North Carolina’s 11th District (he’s also co-chair of the HFC). He won a fourth term in 2018.
Alex Mooney, representing West Virginia’s 2nd District. He won a third term in 2018.
Gary Palmer, representing Alabama’s 6th District. He won a third term in 2018.
Steve Pearce, representing New Mexico’s 2nd District. Pearce left his House seat to run for governor of New Mexico in 2018, and did not succeed.
Democrat Xochitl Torres Small won the seat, beating Republican Yvette Herrell by 50.9 percent of the vote to 49.1 percent. Again, please consider donating to Small’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Scott Perry, representing Pennsylvania’s 4th District. In February 2018, the state’s Supreme Court threw out the old Congressional district map, deeming it illegally gerrymandered. What was the 4th now covers much of what was the 13th district.
It looked like Perry wouldn’t run again in 2018, but he did, in Pennsylvania’s 10th district, and he won.
Democrat Madeleine Dean defeated Republican Dan David to represent Pennsylvania’s 4th District. Please help her hold the seat by donating to her 2020 re-election campaign.
Bill Posey, representing Florida’s 8th District. He won a sixth term in 2018.
Mark Sanford, representing South Carolina’s 1st District. If the name sounds familiar, yeah, this was the guy who melted down as governor of South Carolina over extramarital affairs. Remember “hiking the Appalachian Trail”? Yeah, he’s that guy. Anyway, he won the House seat in a special election in 2013 and ran for re-election, but didn’t get past the Republican primary.
Democrat Joe Cunningham won the seat in 2018. Please help him hold it by giving to his 2020 re-election campaign.
David Schweikert, representing Arizona’s 6th District. He won a fifth term in 2018.
Randy Weber, representing Texas’s 14th District. He defeated Democrat Adrienne Bell to win a fourth term in 2018.
See OTYCD‘s post on Adrienne Bell:
Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District. He won a fourth term in 2018.
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As for cites on the House Freedom Caucus…
Read about the HFC’s drafting of articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein:
Read the actual articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, obtained by the Washington Post:
Read a USA Today Op-Ed on how the impeachment effort against Rosenstein represents a violation of ethical rules and an attempt to hobble Mueller’s probe:
Read a CNN story on a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee decrying the HFC’s shens:
Read stories about Rod Rosenstein standing firm in the face of the HFC’s threat:
And read some background on the HFC: