Colleen on Capitol Hill — 4/14/17

April 14, 2017

Personnel is Policy

This has been a joyful week for conservatives in Washington as Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. We are hearing from our conservative allies that they are equally excited about the conservative clerks he has hired as they are about his confirmation.

We are also thrilled to learn of three top of the line conservatives who have been appointed to key positions within the Trump Administration.

Tennessee Senator Mark Green and Russ Vought, who has been a great friend to Eagle Forum in his capacity with the Republican Study Committee and Heritage Action.

Sen. Mark Green with TN Eagle Leader, Bobbie Patray

Sen. Mark Green with TN Eagle Leader, Bobbie Patray

Mark E. Green of Tennessee to be Secretary of the Army. Dr. Mark Green currently serves as Tennessee State Senator for District 22. He is the Chaplain of the Senate GOP Caucus and was selected as the Tennessee Journal’s Rookie of the year in 2013. Dr. Green is the CEO of Align MD, an emergency department staffing company, which provides leadership and staffing to emergency departments and hospital services in forty-seven hospitals in nine states. In 1986, Second Lieutenant Green graduated from West Point with a degree in economics and began his military career as an infantry officer. Dr. Green served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, battalion personnel officer, a supply officer, an airborne rifle company commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division, and commanded a recruiting company in U.S. Army Recruiting Command. As an Army physician, Mark served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment where he made three combat tours to the Middle East. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and numerous other medals for service.

Russell Vought, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 

Mr. Vought spent twelve years on Capitol Hill in numerous roles.  He served as the Policy Director for the House Republican Conference, under then-Chairman Mike Pence, and as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), under then-Chairman Jeb Hensarling. He previously served as the RSC’s Budget Director under two other chairmen.  He began his career working for Senator Phil Gramm for four years as a legislative assistant.  Since leaving the Hill, Mr. Vought has spent the last seven years as Vice President of Heritage Action for America.  He graduated with a BA from Wheaton College (IL) in 1998 and a JD from the George Washington University Law School in 2004.  He and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Margaret Ella and Porter.

Obamacare Repeal

We are also hearing good news on the Obamacare repeal front. Our sources tell us that Freedom Caucus members report that negotiations over a new Obamacare repeal bill are going very well, and that they are very close to a bill that Freedom Caucus members will support. We will keep you updated on these developments.

If you have questions or legislative concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Colleen Holcomb directly at cholcomb@attorneyholcomb.com or call 757-277-4848.