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The Republican Main Street Partnership presents what it describes as centrist Republican solutions. According to the group, its members advocate for conservative pragmatic government and legislators who govern in the Republican tradition as "solutions-oriented fiscal realists" who advance policies with bipartisan support.
The Caucus' mission states: "It is time to get past partisan bickering and ideological rigidity. Our goal is to find areas of commonality and pass legislation to affect real positive change for our constituents. We are here to advocate for the millions of hard-working American families who expect us to deliver results".
The Main Street Partnership was formed following the 1994 House elections in which conservative Republicans were swept into power. An informal discussion group formed by Representatives Nancy Johnson, Steve Gunderson and Fred Upton later became somewhat of an organized bloc intent on representing the moderate wing of the Republican Party. The partnership is currently composed of moderates such as Susan Collins and Todd Young; some members would fit most of the criteria of a conservative, such as Thad McCotter and Brian Bilbray.
They are an important swing vote on spending bills and as a result have gained influence in Congress out of proportion to their numbers. They are frequently sought after to broker compromises between the Democratic and Republican leadership, generally lending a more center-right character to US politics.
Members of the Main Street Partnership are often challenged in Republican primaries by members from the Club for Growth (CFG), FreedomWorks and the Tea Party movement, among others. The CFG has used the pejorative term RINO (Republicans In Name Only) to describe opponents like the Main Street Partnership who they feel are not conservative enough. According to the director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, the CFG and its agenda are "not representative of the Republican Party" and "we raise money on a daily basis to defeat them."
On September 7, 2017, members formed the Republican Main Street Congressional Caucus with Pat Tiberi (OH-12) as Chair. After Tiberi's resignation from the House, Rodney Davis (IL-13) took over duties as Chair.
Map of House caucus members during the 115th Congress
Map of House caucus members during the 113th Congress
Map of House caucus members during the 112th Congress
Board of directors
Sarah Chamberlain - President and CEO
Amo Houghton - Chairman Emeritus and founder, former Representative from New York
Dave Hobson - Board Member, former Representative from Ohio
Jennifer LaTourette - Board Member
Doug Ose - Board Member, former Representative from California