Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) was officially appointed Chairman of the House Rules Committee for the 118th Congress by Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Before consideration on the House floor, every major piece of legislation must first pass through the Rules Committee.
“I am honored to be selected as Chairman of the House Rules Committee, and I am grateful to Speaker Kevin McCarthy for appointing me to serve in this key role as we enter a new era of leadership in the House,” said Cole. “The American people made it abundantly clear that they want to see change in the way things operate in Washington, and our Republican majority is already taking steps to reopen the People’s House, restore freedom and security, hold government accountable, bring back fiscal sanity and build a transparent and effective body. I look forward to my continued part in the critical work ahead for the American people.”
“As chair of the House Rules Committee, Tom Cole is boldly leading the shift from the centralized power of the past and returning to regular order that empowers the American public,” said Speaker McCarthy. “Republicans are keeping our commitment to make Congress more open, accountable, and responsive.”
Prior to this appointment, Cole served numerous stints on the House Rules Committee. He was first selected as a member from 2004 to 2006, then reappointed in 2013 in the 113th Congress and remained on the panel during each consecutive Congress – including serving as Vice Chairman of the committee beginning in 2017 and as Ranking Member of the committee during the past two congresses. He is the first Oklahoman and Native American to chair the committee.