Walden to succeed Sessions as NRCC chairman

November 14, 2012

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will be the next chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the the House GOP campaign arm announced Wednesday.

Walden, who was unopposed for the post, will succeed Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). The Oregon Republican served as a deputy under Sessions during the past two cycles.

With Sessions at the helm of the committee, House Republicans seized back the majority in 2010 and retained it in 2012, keeping Democrats at least 17 seats short of winning back the lower chamber. Though with a few yet-to-be-called contests, House Democrats appear poised to pick up a handful of seats.

Walden looked ahead to the next election cycle upon accepting his new position.

“Each election cycle brings new opportunities and challenges, and 2014 is no different. Republicans have sound proposals to grow American jobs, bring accountability to government and help all Americans improve their lives," he said in a statement.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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