WASHINGTON (AP) – Newly minted Republican U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson has joined the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Davidson, who was sworn in last week to represent former House Speaker John Boehner’s long-held southwestern Ohio district, says in a statement Monday that he’s aligned himself with the hard-right group of lawmakers who supported his candidacy. The same group helped drive Boehner out of Congress.
The 46-year-old former Army Ranger and businessman will serve the remaining seven months in Boehner’s term and is the prohibitive favorite to be re-elected to a full two-year term this November.
Backed by television ads paid for by conservative groups, Davidson won a March primary over 14 GOP rivals. He then cruised to easy victory in last week’s special election over Democratic and Green Party rivals in the Republican-leaning district.