Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming Republican, on Wednesday announced that she will run for House GOP conference chair, which will be the No. 3-ranking Republican position in House leadership in the next Congress.
Ms. Cheney said in a letter to her colleagues that Tuesday’s elections didn’t turn out as Republicans had hoped, but that “today, the next battle begins.”
“Although the 115th Congress has been one of the most productive in history, our message isn’t breaking through,” she said, saying that Republicans need to “fundamentally overhaul and modernize” their House GOP communications operation.
“Constantly playing defense in the battle of communications is a recipe for failure,” she said.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican, is the current GOP conference chair.
With a GOP majority in the House, Ms. McMorris Rodgers is the No. 4-ranking Republican in leadership — and the highest-ranking female House Republican — behind Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
But with Democrats retaking control of the House after Tuesday’s elections, Republicans are now jockeying for fewer leadership positions in the minority. Mr. Ryan did not seek re-election this year.
Rep. Jim Jordan, who helped found the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced Wednesday he plans to run for House Minority Leader, where he’ll likely square off against Mr. McCarthy.