Jeb Hensarling was just elected as the next Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Hensarling beat his rival Todd Tiahrt by a vote of 57-42.
UPDATE: Former RSC Chairman (that sounds weird), Mike Pence, released the following statement:
“The members of the Republican Study Committee chose wisely in electing Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas as their chairman for the 110th Congress.”As the first contested election for chairman of the RSC, this was a choice between two good conservatives. I commend Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas on a well-fought campaign and on his many years of conservative leadership.
“Jeb Hensarling is a friend of freedom like no other. Over the past two years, Jeb has been at the center of every battle where House conservatives made a difference for fiscal discipline and reform. Jeb Hensarling is the right man to lead House conservatives in the 110th Congress.
“For his integrity, his personal courage and his unparalleled devotion to the conservative agenda, I welcome the election of my friend, and freedom’s friend, Jeb Hensarling of Texas as the next chairman of the Republican Study Committee.”
UPDATE: RSC Chairman Jeb Hensarling released the following statement:
“I would like to congratulate Congressman Todd Tiahrt for running a good race. He is a strong conservative and great asset to the RSC,” said Hensarling.”I am humbled by the results of today’s election and am honored to be chosen by my colleagues as RSC Chairman for the 110th Congress. The RSC has a deep bench of talented public servants who are committed to the principles of Ronald Reagan and the Contract With America, and each will be essential in developing and communicating our conservative message.
“Working together with our leadership, conservatives will articulate our commitment to our key principles of limited government, individual empowerment, a strong national defense and traditional values to the American people. We will continue the march for liberty and freedom with passion, building a new Republican Majority in the process.”