The Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, Matt Hatchett, is running for Whip to replace the aforementioned vacancy created when Representative Trey Kelley stepped down from that role last week.
Chairman Hatchett was first elected to his current role in 2013 when the sitting chair, Donna Sheldon, resigned the Chair in order to seek a seat in Congress. He is perhaps best known for his attempts to reign in healthcare costs and adding transparency to hospital finances throughout the state.
Hatchett is one of the most widely respected members of his own caucus. He is known for being open-minded, thoughtful, and respectful. I know he got an earful from me while I served, and he always listened.
The decision to run for Whip, however will create more dominos that will fall in the coming days because the position of Caucus Chair will now be open. A fact that Chairman Hatchett confirmed when I reached out to inquire about his intentions earlier today.
We are upgrading Remy’s firmware as we speak so it can keep up with the rumors that are sure to fill the airwaves until the new caucus leadership elections and report them as we hear them.