Republican Main Street Partnership

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Republican Main Street Partnership
Chairman Amo Houghton
Founded 1994
Ideology Centrism[1][2]
Fiscal conservatism[3]
Political position Center[1][2] to Center-right[4][5][6]
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the Senate
4 / 100
Seats in House Republican Caucus
75 / 239
Seats in the House
75 / 435

The Republican Main Street Partnership is a group of centrist and moderately conservative members of the United States Republican Party within the United States Congress, similar to the Blue Dog Democrats.[3][7]

According to the group, its members advocate for conservative pragmatic government and legislators who govern in the Republican tradition as "solutions-oriented fiscal realists" who advance policies with bipartisan support.[8]


The Main Street Partnership was formed following the 1994 House elections, in which conservative Republicans were swept into power. An informal discussion group formed by Representatives Nancy Johnson, Steve Gunderson, and Fred Upton later became somewhat of an organized bloc intent on representing the moderate wing of the Republican Party. The partnership is currently composed of moderates such as Susan Collins and Todd Young; some members would fit most of the criteria of a conservative, such as Thad McCotter and Brian Bilbray.[citation needed]

The Main Street Partnership has allied with other moderate Republican groups, including Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too, Ann Stone's Republicans for Choice, the Log Cabin Republicans, the Republican Majority For Choice, The Wish List, Republicans for Environmental Protection, the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, and the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority.

In May 2005, the Main Street Partnership helped pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in the House Of Representatives; 50 Republicans voted in support of the bill, which passed 238–194.

They are an important swing vote on spending bills and as a result have gained influence in Congress out of proportion to their numbers. They are frequently sought after to broker compromises between the Democratic and Republican leadership, generally lending a more centrist character to US politics.[citation needed]

The organization's board of directors voted on January 8, 2013 to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership." The group's new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he intended to start conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the following months.[9]

Members of the Main Street Partnership are often challenged in Republican primaries by members from the Club for Growth (CFG), FreedomWorks, and the Tea Party movement, among others.[10] The CFG has used the pejorative term RINO (Republicans In Name Only) to describe opponents like the Main Street Partnership who they feel are not conservative enough. According to the director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, the CFG and its agenda are "not representative of the Republican Party" and "we raise money on a daily basis to defeat them."[11]

Current members

Map of House caucus members during the 115th Congress
Map of House caucus members during the 113th Congress
Map of House caucus members during the 112th Congress

Board of directors[12]

  • Steve LaTourette – Chairman and CEO (In Memoriam), former Representative from Ohio
  • Sarah Chamberlain – President and CEO
  • Amo Houghton – Chairman Emeritus and founder, former Representative from New York
  • Dave Hobson – Board Member, former Representative from Ohio
  • Jennifer LaTourette – Board Member
  • Doug Ose – Board Member, former Representative from California
  • Robert Ziff – Board Member



Former members



Former Governors

See also


  1. ^ a b Gray, Steven (December 11, 2010). "Illinois' Mark Kirk: Can a Moderate Republican Thrive in Today's Senate?". Time. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b O'Connor, Patrick (April 16, 2014). "GOP Feud on Full Display in New Idaho Ad". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Three New Congressional Members Join Main Street". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ LaTourette, Steve (January 8, 2013). "Former U.S. Rep Steve LaTourette (R-OH) Statement on the New Main Street Partnership". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ James, Frank (February 13, 2014). "Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  6. ^ Wolf, Frank (January 8, 2013). "Former U.S. Rep Steve LaTourette (R-OH) Statement on the New Main Street Partnership". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  7. ^ Lucas, DeWayne; Iva Deutchman (June 19, 2008). "Looking for the Productive Center in the 2006 Elections: Running for Congress as a Blue Dog or Main Streeter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  8. ^ RepublicanMainStreet.Org Retrieved 28 October 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Chris Moody (8 January 2013). "Moderate Republican group to remove 'Republican' from name, welcome Democrats". Yahoo News. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Club for Growth". Club for Growth. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Republican Group Targets Its Own Party". Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Board of Directors - Republican Main Street Partnership". Republican Main Street Partnership. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  13. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • "G.O.P. Moderates Rebuff Lobbyists, Then Woo Them". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • Gay, Sheryl (2005-05-19). "As Vote Nears, DeLay Attacks Bill Expanding Stem Cell Research -". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • "Apps - Access My Library - Gale". Access My Library. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • Murray, Mark (2004-04-29). "Win raises Specter of moderation - politics | NBC News". MSNBC. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • "08/31/98 A CRASH COURSE FOR CONGRESS". 1998-08-13. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • "Battle for Congress Is Already Fully Engaged". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • "A move to push Republicans to the middle". 2005-01-31. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • Firestone, David (2003-04-24). "Republicans Have Tax-Cutting Ax to Grind With One Another". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • "Situation Room blog". Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • "CNN Political Ticker". 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  • Waller, Douglas (2001-07-30). "Raising A Ruckus In The House". TIME. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
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