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Lawmakers prepare for Republican Study Committee election in November

House GOP lawmakers interested in taking the helm of the Republican Study Committee in November have begun seeking support of their fellow members of the largest conservative faction in Congress.

Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma announced his bid to lead the RSC on Wednesday.

“I’m in! Today, I announced to my colleagues that I’m running to lead the largest caucus in Congress,” he tweeted. “When we take back the House this fall, we’re going to need common-sense, conservative policies driving our legislative agenda – and RSC will be leading the way!”

Mr. Hern, a second-term lawmaker who serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, told reporters he considers the RSC a group that can do and say things that many members would like to do but can’t, because of political reasons.

He helped RSC Chairman Jim Banks of Indiana win his post, and served as the committee’s

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