If you just felt the earth shake, it’s because Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp on Thursday won a House leadership post.
Huelskamp, known as perhaps the House GOP’s sternest internal critic, was elected to the House conference steering committee.
It’s another sign that new Speaker Paul Ryan is willing to give hard-line conservatives another look. And it’s a new day for Huelskamp who famously in 2012 was booted from the House Budget and Agriculture committees for consistently bucking leadership on key votes.
In a statement, Huelskamp said his election was a victory for conservatives.
“With these changes to the influential Steering Committee, my colleagues have sent a strong message that they’re listening to the conservative heart of the party,” he said.
Huelskamp is chair of the House Tea Party Caucus and, as a member of the House Freedom Caucus, worked to oust former Speaker John Boehner.