House Republican and Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan announced Thursday his plan to run for the next Speaker of the House. The announcement came via a letter to colleagues.
“I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real changes to Congress,” Jordan wrote. “I believe we have given the American people reason to question our commitment to reform.”
Jordan was one of eleven original co-signers of a resolution filed Wednesday to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for high crimes and misdemeanors. Together with Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Matt Gaetz (FL-R), Jordan has been leading the media charge to gain support of the impeachment. The group claims Rosenstein has deliberately withheld evidence from Congress in regards to the Robert Mueller investigation on Russian election meddling.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced earlier this year he would not be seeking reelection and would step down as Speaker of the House, leaving an opening for the powerful position.
Jordan is viewed as one of the most conservative members of the House and is a prominent voice of the Freedom Caucus.