Liberty Caucus

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House Liberty Caucus
ChairmanJustin Amash (L-MI)
Founded2011; 10 years ago (2011)
Preceded byLiberty Caucus
Tea Party Caucus
Political positionRight-wing[1]
Colors  Red
Seats in the House
7 / 435

The House Liberty Caucus was a congressional caucus consisting of conservative, libertarian and libertarian conservative members of the United States House of Representatives. It hosted a bimonthly luncheon in Washington, D.C.[1] The group was founded by Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan and joined by Republican members who wanted to "focus on specific issues like economic freedom, individual liberty, and following the Constitution".[1] During his time in Congress, the incumbent Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, who served five terms as the United States Representative from Colorado's 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2019, was the only Democratic member of the caucus. The caucus has also been characterized as "conservative with a libertarian emphasis" and associated with the Tea Party movement.[2] When the 117th congress convened, there was not new leadership.[citation needed]

Electoral results[edit]

Election year Overall seats Republican seats ±
8 / 435
8 / 199
7 / 435
7 / 205


Justin Amash, founder and chairman of the Liberty Caucus


Prior to the formal creation of the House Liberty Caucus, Rep. Ron Paul hosted a luncheon in Washington, D.C. every Thursday for a group of Republican members of the House of Representatives that he called the Liberty Caucus.[6] The group was in close association with the political action committee the Republican Liberty Caucus and "support[ed] individual rights, limited government and free enterprise".[7] Past attendees of this luncheon include:

After the 112th Congress began and Ron Paul switched his focus to his presidential campaign, his luncheon was replaced by a formal congressional member organization called the House Liberty Caucus and chaired by Justin Amash.[11][12] In June 2014, the caucus supported Raúl Labrador's campaign for House Majority Leader.[13][14]

Past members of the current organization include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Conservatives Form Their Own Caucus Because the RSC Isn't 'Hard-Core' Enough". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Libertarian wing of GOP gains strength in Congress". January 24, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Help Build The House Liberty Caucus". Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Congrats to my friend – and the lone Democratic member of the @libertycaucus – @jaredpolis on his big primary win for governor of Colorado!".
  5. ^ "Griffith Inducted Into House Liberty Caucus".
  6. ^ Caldwell, Christopher (July 22, 2007). "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved July 21, 2007.
  7. ^ "Statement of Principles & Positions | Republican Liberty Caucus". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Eric Ostermeier. "Has Ron Paul Converted Michele Bachmann To Libertarianism? – Smart Politics". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Committees". Archived from the original on May 7, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Mike Riggs (February 24, 2012). "Who Will Be The Next Ron Paul?". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "112th Congress : Congressional Member Organizations (CMO)" (PDF). Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "That's My Congress | In Challenge to Michele Bachmann and Tea Party brand, Justin Amash forms House Liberty Caucus". March 22, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Gordon, Greg. "Idaho's Raul Labrador raises profile in failed bid for House leader | Idaho Politics". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  14. ^ Costa, Robert. "For tea party, Republican whip race is best shot at House leadership role". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  15. ^ "Committees and Caucuses | Congressman Kerry Bentivolio". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  16. ^ a b c d e "House Liberty Caucus". Facebook. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  17. ^ a b c d "Members | House Liberty Caucus". February 20, 2013. Archived from the original on February 20, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Legislative Committee Detail Page". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  20. ^ a b "House Liberty Caucus | Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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