Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan to Run for Speaker of the House

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, listens as Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, not pictured, responds to his question during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Rosenstein said he sees no cause to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as Republicans hit him with a barrage of questions about what they say is an anti-Trump bias at the FBI and Justice Department. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jim Jordan, a leader in the conservative House Freedom Caucus and former chairman of the group, announced his run for speaker of the House of Representatives in a letter to colleagues Thursday.

“I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real changes to Congress,” Jordan wrote in his letter.

Jordan’s pitch was a more conservative vision for the House conference. He outlined his commitment to repeal the Affordable Care Act — more commonly referred to as Obamacare — once and for all, reform the welfare system, boost border security and make the tax cuts Congress passed in 2017 permanent.

“I believe we have given the American people reason to question our commitment to reform,” Jordan wrote.

Jordan has long said he was interested in the post, but the news comes after he has faced questions about his time as an assistant coach at Ohio State University and whether he knew about alleged sexual abuse by a former Ohio State medical doctor who treated athletes there.

Jordan has repeatedly denied any knowledge of inappropriate behavior during his time as assistant wrestling coach at OSU and said Thursday that he does not believe the questions surrounding his time at OSU will affect his bid for speaker.

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SOURCE: CNN, Sunlen Serfaty and Lauren Fox