Pro-life Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina will be President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, the Republican leader announced Friday.
Meadows, a founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and sponsor of several pro-life bills, will replace acting chief Mick Mulvaney, NJ Today reports.
“I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one,” Trump said Friday.
“I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!”
Meadows developed a strong pro-life voting record during his four terms in Congress. He recently said he would not seek re-election, prompting rumors about becoming part of the Trump administration.
“… for the Republicans he’s fighting for — the House Freedom Caucus, of which he was a founder, and Trump — there’s no better advocate or strategist to have on your side,” according to Politico.
After the announcement, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a leader of the Freedom Caucus, praised Meadows as an excellent choice for the position.
“Mark Meadows is smart, loyal, a true patriot. He’s a good man and my best friend,” Jordan wrote on Twitter. “Couldn’t have picked anyone better for the job.”
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Meadows was involved in many pro-life efforts in Congress. In 2019, he introduced legislation to allow pregnant moms to claim the Child Tax Credit for their unborn children. He and Jordan also have been leading an investigation into whether AmeriCorps may have misused taxpayer money for abortion work.
Through the years, Meadows also helped lead the push to defund Planned Parenthood. During a 2014 debate about the abortion chain, he gave a moving speech about seeing his unborn son for the first time.
“For far too long I was silent on this particular issue. Some 22 years ago, as we were expecting our first child and my wife was pregnant, I began to talk to her about this particular thing,” Meadows said.
“And there my son was kicking in his mother’s womb and as we started to see this, I realized very profoundly that not only was it life, but that it responded and my son was responding to my voice and touch,” he continued. “And as we saw that, I realized that I had been silent for far too long.”
Trump has filled his administration with strong pro-life advocates who believe America should protect the rights of all human beings, including those not yet born.