The United States House of Representatives Republican Policy Committee (RPC) was first established in 1949. Representative Luke Messer of Indiana was elected by House Republicans during the 114th Congress to serve as the 17th Chairman of the Committee and is the fifth ranking member of House Republican leadership.
The RPC serves as an advisory Committee to House Republicans and provides a forum for Republican Members to discuss legislative proposals before the House. The Committee reports its findings and suggestions for consideration to the Republican Conference. The RPC meets on a bi-weekly basis when the House is in session and on an ad-hoc basis, as appropriate, to discuss legislation before the House.
In 1946, the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress made recommendations for restructuring Congress, which included the creation of a policy committee in both the House & Senate to “serve as a formal council to meet regularly with the Executive, to facilitate the formulation and carrying out of national policy, and to improve relationships.” The House Republican Policy Committee was then established by Conference Resolution on January 26, 1949.
Republican Policy Committee Chairs:
- Joseph William Martin, Jr. of Massachusetts (1949-1959)
- John William Byrnes of Wisconsin (1959-1965)
- John Jacob Rhodes of Arizona (1965-1973)
- Barber Consable of New York (1973-1977)
- Del M Clawson of California (1977-1979)
- Bud Shuster of Pennsylvania (1979-1981)
- Dick Cheney of Wyoming ( 1981-1987)
- Jerry Lewis of California (1987-1989)
- Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma (1989-1993)
- Henry Hyde of Illinois (1993-1995)
- Chris Cox of California ( 1995-2005)
- John Shadegg of Arizona (2005-2006)
- Adam Putnam of Florida (2006-2007)
- Thad McCotter of Michigan (2007-2011)
- Tom Price of Georgia (2011-2013)
- James Lankford of Oklahoma (2013-2015)
- Luke Messer of Indiana (2015-present)