WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 2017, New York Republican Tom Reed and New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer helped start the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of Congress members with a mantra of putting politics aside and finding common sense solutions.
Four years later, the group has grown to 58 members, evenly split between the two parties, and Reed and Gottheimer had been its only two chairs. That changed Wednesday, as the caucus announced on Twitter the election of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA, as the GOP chair.
"Tom Reed will remain an active member of PSC & be part of a multi-month transition, helping ensure the Caucus continues its mission of bipartisan governing," the tweet continued.
The move is not surprising as a former lobbyist, last month, accused Reed of making unwanted sexual advances roughly around the same time the conference started. Reed apologized not long after the story was published, and announced he would not be seeking reelection or any other office at the end of his term.
Recently, the caucus had seemed to be gaining influence in Washington, D.C. including taking credit for some of the framework in last year's COVID stimulus package.