As the race heats up to fill the void left by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) for the position of vice chairperson for the Republican Caucus of the House of Representatives, six candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.
The vice chair plays a pivotal role in the operations of the House GOP conference, overseeing party meetings and conveying the party's message.
Interestingly, this position does not necessarily lead to the House Speaker role. The vice chair also has influence in the committee that determines committee assignments.
With such a significant role up for grabs, let's delve into the candidates vying for the position, Washington Examiner reported.
First up, we have Rep. Mark Alford (R-MO). A freshman in the House, Alford's background as a news anchor sets him apart. He believes his media experience will be invaluable in the role, especially in fostering better relationships with media outlets.
Alford wrote to his colleagues, emphasizing the importance of the vice chair's role in shaping the Republican Conference's message. With over three decades in broadcast media, he feels uniquely positioned to champion the Republican cause in the upcoming elections.
Next, we have Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL). Mast, a four-term House member, recently made headlines by wearing an Israeli Defense Force uniform, a nod to his time volunteering with them after his U.S. Army service.
Mast shared his thoughts in a video, emphasizing the need for transparency and avoiding backroom deals. He believes in hearing all ideas, good and bad, before making decisions.
Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK) is another contender. Currently representing the House's sophomore class, Bice has a background in marketing. She believes in delivering a clear and purposeful message, drawing from her marketing experience.
Then there's Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX). With only two terms in Congress, she brings experience as Irving, Texas's former mayor, and a stint in the Trump administration's Department of Housing and Urban Development. Van Duyne sees herself as a fighter, having overcome personal challenges to achieve her current position.
Another candidate is Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN). With leadership experience as Minnesota's lieutenant governor and leader of the state senate, Fischbach aims to keep the caucus's message unified.
Last but not least, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) is in the running. A vocal critic of New York City Mayor Eric Adams's border crisis handling, Malliotakis has outlined six priorities for her potential vice chair role, emphasizing party unity and legislative advancements.
While the election date for the next vice chair remains undecided, insiders suggest it might be just two weeks away.
For those keen on following this story closely, you can read more on the Washington Examiner.