Republican Main Street Partnership

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Republican Main Street Partnership
Chairman Amo Houghton
Founded 1994
Ideology Centrism
Liberal conservatism
Political position Center to Center-right
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the Senate
3 / 100
Seats in the House
46 / 435
Politics of United States
Political parties

The Republican Main Street Partnership is a group of moderate members of the United States Republican Party. The group is the rough equivalent of the Blue Dog Democrats.[1]


The Republican Main Street Partnership was formed following the 1994 House elections, in which conservative Republicans were swept into power. An informal discussion group formed by Representatives Nancy Johnson, Steve Gunderson, and Fred Upton later became somewhat of an organized bloc intent on representing the moderate wing of the Republican Party. The partnership is currently composed of moderates such as Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe; some members would fit most of the criteria of a conservative, such as Thad McCotter and Brian Bilbray. Members of the group are often labeled as RINOs by conservatives and are often challenged in Republican primaries by the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and the Tea Party movement, among others.[2][3]

The Republican Main Street Partnership has allied with other moderate Republican groups, including Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too, Ann Stone's Republicans for Choice, the Log Cabin Republicans, the Republican Majority For Choice, The Wish List, Republicans for Environmental Protection, the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, and the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority.

In May 2005, the Republican Main Street Partnership helped pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in the House Of Representatives; 50 Republicans voted in support of the bill, which passed 238-194.

The organization's board of directors voted on January 8, 2013 to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership." The group's new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months.[citation needed]

Current members[edit]

Map of House caucus members during the 113th Congress
Map of House caucus members during the 112th Congress

Board of directors[edit]

  • Amo Houghton - Chairman and founder, former Representative from New York
  • Steve LaTourette - President and CEO, former Representative from Ohio
  • Sarah Chamberlain - COO and CFO
  • Dave Hobson - Board Member, former Representative from Ohio
  • Tim Regan - Board Member



Former Members[edit]



Former Governors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lucas, DeWayne; Iva Deutchman (June 19, 2008). "Looking for the Productive Center in the 2006 Elections: Running for Congress as a Blue Dog or Main Streeter". Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ RMSP
  3. ^ NPR

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