Tuesday Group

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Tuesday Group
Co-Chairs John Katko (NY)
Elise Stefanik (NY)
Founded 1994; 24 years ago (1994)
Preceded by Wednesday Group
Ideology Centrism
Fiscal conservatism
Political position Center[1][2] to center-right
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the House
50 / 435
Of the Republican Seats
50 / 240

The Tuesday Group is an informal caucus of approximately 50 moderate Republican members of the United States House of Representatives in the 114th Congress (2015–2017).[3] It was founded in 1994 in the wake of the Republican takeover of the House. The Republican House caucus was dominated by conservative Republicans and the Tuesday Group was founded to counterbalance that conservative trend. There were approximately 40 members when it was founded.[4] In 2007 the Tuesday Group founded its own political action committee.[5]

The co-chairs of the Tuesday Group were Charlie Dent, Robert Dold, and Adam Kinzinger from 2015–2017,[3] and Dent, Tom MacArthur and Elise Stefanik from 2017.[6] MacArthur resigned in May 23, 2017 due to disagreement among members over the American Health Care Act of 2017.[7] John Katko was elected as a co-chair from November 7, 2017.[8] Dent resigned from the House on May 12, 2018.

Former co-chairs include Charlie Bass, Mike Castle, Jo Ann Emerson, Mark Kirk, and Fred Upton.[4][9] Members have included Judy Biggert, Sherwood Boehlert, Tom Davis, Mike Fitzpatrick, Mark Foley, Jim Gerlach, Nancy Johnson, Sue Kelly, Jim Kolbe, Ray LaHood, Leonard Lance, Jim Leach, John McKernan, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bob Michel, Todd Platts, Jim Ramstad, Dave Reichert, Joe Schwarz, Chris Shays, Rob Simmons, Olympia Snowe, James Walsh, and Heather Wilson.[4][5][10]

The other major GOP group of moderates in Congress is the Republican Main Street Partnership, which includes members of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.

Predecessor[edit]

Members of its predecessor, the Wednesday Group, first founded in the House between 1961 and 1963 and then in the Senate around 1969, included John Anderson, Alphonzo Bell, Edward Brooke, Clifford Case, John Chafee, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinger (chair), Thad Cochran, Marlow Cook (Senate founder), John Cooper, John Dellenback, Slade Gorton, William Cohen, Barber Conable, Silvio Conte, Robert Ellsworth, Marvin Esch, Peter Frelinghuysen, Charles Goodell, Bill Gradison, Bill Green, Mark Hatfield, Margaret Heckler, John Heinz, Jack Javits, Nancy Kassebaum, Jim Leach, John Lindsay, Charles Mathias, Stewart McKinney, Pete McCloskey, Brad Morse (House founder), Bob Packwood, James Pearson, Charles Percy, Joel Pritchard, Ralph Regula, Ogden Reid, William Saxbe, Herman Schneebeli, Richard Schweiker, Hugh Scott, Abner Sibal, Arlen Specter, Robert Stafford, Charles Whalen, and Lowell Weicker.[11][12][13][14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Peter (March 30, 2017). "Centrist group in House 'will never' meet with Freedom Caucus". The Hill. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Bade, Rachael; Cheney, Kyle (May 3, 2017). "Tuesday Group leader under fire over health care deal". Politico. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b House, Billy (January 9, 2015). "'Moderate' is Now a Dirty Word For Some House Republicans". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Zwick, Jesse (January 29, 2011). "Does the GOP's Tuesday Group Still Matter?". New Republic. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Bolton, Alexander (July 11, 2007). "Centrist House Republicans establish Tuesday Group PAC". The Hill. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ Congressman Charlie Dent retains committee leadership posts
  7. ^ http://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2017/05/23/macarthur-resigns-as-co-chair-of-tuesday-group-112255
  8. ^ Tuesday Group Caucus Elects John Katko as Co-Chair
  9. ^ Clift, Eleanor (July 28, 2011). "The Incredible Shrinking GOP Moderates". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Murray, Shailagh; Weisman, Jonathan (May 10, 2007). "Bush Told War Is Harming The GOP". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ "There's Still Life on the G.O.P. Left". New York Times. August 23, 1986. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice
  13. ^ In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney
  14. ^ Ford Meetings with the Wednesday Group
  15. ^ The Republican Party in the U. S. Senate, 1974-1984 by C.J. Bailey