Tom Price Won’t Run For Leadership, Wants To Be Budget Chairman


Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) won’t run for a position in Republican leadership amid the shake-up over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s impending departure.

He said he wants to be the next Budget Committee chairman, which he’s in line for if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) relinquishes the role as he’s expected to.

“The encouragement I’ve received from colleagues over these past couple of days has been humbling. My position has always been that I’m ready to serve in whatever capacity might best help unify our team, promote our conservative principles and, above all, pursue positive solutions on behalf of our constituents. To that end, at this time, my focus is on the opportunity to serve as the next chairman of the House Budget Committee,” Price said in a statement Thursday.


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