Shortly after her comfortable victory over Democratic challenger Greg Hunter in Tuesday’s election, Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney announced her candidacy for House GOP conference chair Wednesday morning.
The Wall Street Journal had previously reported Cheney was expected to run for the position if she won a second term Tuesday.
“We are serving in this House at a hinge point in history,” Cheney said in Wednesday’s announcement. “The next two years will shape the key issues of our time, and for many years to come. We have a duty to ensure our ideals and policies prevail. This is a fight we can and must win. We can’t do that without our House Republican Conference leading the way to win the communications battle every day.”
The position is the fourth-ranking seat for Republicans. Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, previously held the position, as well as party whip.
Though Cheney held her seat, the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in the midterms.
“Last night did not turn out as we had hoped,” Cheney’s announcement began. “Many of our colleagues, good men and women fighting for the future of our nation, lost close races. A number of races have yet to be decided. We need to do all we can for those colleagues. Today, the next battle begins.”
The Journal reported that Cheney would challenge Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington for the position if Democrats won the House. McMorris Rodgers, the Republican conference chair in the House since 2013, defeated Democrat Lisa Brown by 12 percentage points.
The conference is responsible for communicating the Republican message to party members. In the release, Cheney listed 10 steps the conference needs to take in the next year as it relates to media messaging, including “win the daily news cycle” and “create echo chambers for our message by building coalitions with outside groups that share our House GOP goals.”