Rep. McLane to step away from House leader role
After serving for six years as the House Republican Leader, Rep. Mike McLane has announced he will not seek to continue in the role during his next term.
According to multiple media reports, the decision was announced in an email sent out last Thursday by McLane's spokesperson Preston Mann. He said in the email that McLane looks forward to continuing to serve the people of House District 55.
"The job has been a great learning experience, and it has been a privilege to serve as the minority leader, but I have done it for six years. It's good for any caucus to have new folks step up into leadership, and after six years, I'm going to allow other folks to serve in leadership and support them."
McLane first took office after he was elected in November 2010. Less than two years into his legislative career, he ascended to a leadership role with the House Republican Caucus. The position came open after Republican Representative Matt Wingard chose not to run for re-election in 2012 amid a sex scandal involving a female aide.
As House Republican Leader, McLane was asked to help with Republican campaigns throughout the state was given the power to help set the legislative agenda.
When he ran for office, McLane did not necessarily aspire to take on any leadership roles in the legislature. In this instance, he was looking to help fill a need.
"I look at this as me raising my hand and saying, 'Hey, I'm willing to take on some additional tasks,'" he said shortly before taking the role.
McLane was re-elected last week to his fifth two-year term, however Democrats gained a 38-22 supermajority in the House, making it possible for them to pass tax measures without Republican support.
Republicans will choose a leader at their next caucus.