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Republican Conference Chairmen

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Dedicating his life to public service, Nathaniel Banks of Massachusetts served a short tenure as Republican Conference Chairman, one term as Speaker of the House, and one term as Governor of Massachusetts.
The House Republican Conference Chairman presides over conference meetings, which are composed of all members of the Republican party. The chair is elected by the conference, and is limited to two consecutive full terms. A list of House Republican Conference Chairmen from 1863 to present is presented below.

The House Republican Conference serves as the organizational forum to elect party leaders at the outset of each new Congress. The conference meets on a weekly basis to discuss party policy, pending legislative issues, and other matters of mutual concern. Further information on the Conference's current activity is available on the House Republican Conference Web site.

No clear evidence exists of formal chairmanships of Republican organizations before the 38th Congress (1863–1865). In the 40th Congress (1867–1869), Conference minutes show three Members (Representative Nathaniel Banks of Massachusetts, Luke Poland of Vermont, and Samuel Hooper of Massachusetts) chairing three separate meetings.

Congress and Years Name State or Territory
38th (1863–1865) MORRILL, Justin Smith 1 VT
39th (1865–1867) MORRILL, Justin Smith VT
41st (1869–1871) SCHENCK, Robert Cumming OH
41st (1869–1871) BANKS, Nathaniel Prentice 2 MA
42nd (1871–1873) BLAIR, Austin MI
43rd (1873–1875) MAYNARD, Horace TN
44th (1875–1877) MCCRARY, George Washington IA
45th (1877–1879) HALE, Eugene ME
46th (1879–1881) FRYE, William Pierce ME
47th (1881–1883) ROBESON, George Maxwell NJ
48th (1883–1885) CANNON, Joseph Gurney IL
49th (1885–1887) CANNON, Joseph Gurney IL
50th (1887–1889) CANNON, Joseph Gurney IL
51st (1889–1891) HENDERSON, Thomas Jefferson IL
52nd (1891–1893) HENDERSON, Thomas Jefferson IL
53rd (1893–1895) HENDERSON, Thomas Jefferson IL
54th (1895–1897) GROSVENOR, Charles Henry OH
55th (1897–1899) GROSVENOR, Charles Henry OH
56th (1899–1901) CANNON, Joseph Gurney IL
57th (1901–1903) CANNON, Joseph Gurney IL
58th (1903–1905) HEPBURN, William Peters IA
59th (1905–1907) HEPBURN, William Peters IA
60th (1907–1909) HEPBURN, William Peters IA
61st (1909–1911) CURRIER, Frank Dunklee NH
62nd (1911–1913) CURRIER, Frank Dunklee NH
63rd (1913–1915) GREENE, William Stedman MA
64th (1915–1917) GREENE, William Stedman MA
65th (1917–1919) GREENE, William Stedman MA
66th (1919–1921) TOWNER, Horace Mann IA
67th (1921–1923) TOWNER, Horace Mann IA
68th (1923–1925) ANDERSON, Sydney MN
69th (1925–1927) HAWLEY, Willis Chatman OR
70th (1927–1929) HAWLEY, Willis Chatman OR
71st (1929–1931) HAWLEY, Willis Chatman OR
72nd (1931–1933) HAWLEY, Willis Chatman OR
73rd (1933–1935) LUCE, Robert MA
74th (1935–1937) LEHLBACH, Frederick Reimold NJ
75th (1937–1939) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
76th (1939–1941) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
77th (1941–1943) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
78th (1943–1945) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
79th (1945–1947) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
80th (1947–1949) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
81st (1949–1951) WOODRUFF, Roy Orchard MI
82nd (1951–1953) HOPE, Clifford Ragsdale KS
83rd (1953–1955) HOPE, Clifford Ragsdale KS
84th (1955–1957) HOPE, Clifford Ragsdale KS
85th (1957–1959) HOEVEN, Charles Bernard IA
86th (1959–1961) HOEVEN, Charles Bernard IA
87th (1961–1963) HOEVEN, Charles Bernard IA
88th (1963–1965) FORD, Gerald Rudolph, Jr. MI
89th (1965–1967) LAIRD, Melvin Robert WI
90th (1967–1969) LAIRD, Melvin Robert WI
91st (1969–1971) ANDERSON, John Bayard IL
92nd (1971–1973) ANDERSON, John Bayard IL
93rd (1973–1975) ANDERSON, John Bayard IL
94th (1975–1977) ANDERSON, John Bayard IL
95th (1977–1979) ANDERSON, John Bayard IL
96th (1979–1981) DEVINE, Samuel Leeper OH
97th (1981–1983) KEMP, Jack French NY
98th (1983–1985) KEMP, Jack French NY
99th (1985–1987) KEMP, Jack French NY
100th (1987–1989) KEMP, Jack French 3 NY
100th (1987–1989) CHENEY, Richard Bruce 4 WY
101st (1989–1991) LEWIS, Charles Jeremy (Jerry) CA
102nd (1991–1993) LEWIS, Charles Jeremy (Jerry) CA
103rd (1993–1995) ARMEY, Richard Keith TX
104th (1995–1997) BOEHNER, John Andrew OH
105th (1997–1999) BOEHNER, John Andrew OH
106th (1999–2001) WATTS, Julius Caesar, Jr. (J. C.) OK
107th (2001–2003) WATTS, Julius Caesar, Jr. (J. C.) OK
108th (2003–2005) PRYCE, Deborah D. OH
109th (2005–2007) PRYCE, Deborah D. OH
110th (2007–2009) PUTNAM, Adam FL
111th (2009–2011) PENCE, Mike IN
112th (2011–2013) HENSARLING, Jeb TX
113th (2013–2015) MCMORRIS RODGERS, Cathy WA
114th (2015–2017) MCMORRIS RODGERS, Cathy WA

Footnotes

1Valerie Heitshusen, "Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789–2015," 19 February 2015, Report RL 30567, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Representative Morrill is the first officially designated Republican Conference Chairman. There exists no clear evidence of formal chairmanships of Republican organizations in earlier Congresses.

2Heitshusen, "Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789–2015." Conference minutes show Representative Schenck elected Republican Conference Chairman, but Representative Banks chairing two early meetings, possibly in Schenck's absence.

3Resigned as Republican Conference Chairman on June 4, 1987.

4Elected Republican Conference Chairman on June 4, 1987, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jack Kemp.