K Street veteran David Hoppe will serve as Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's right-hand man should he replace outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ryan announced Sunday.
Like Ryan, Hoppe hails from Wisconsin and is of genuine conservative convictions. He previously served as vice president of the Heritage Foundation and as chief of staff to the late New York Congressman Jack Kemp, who Ryan's credited as his leading political mentor.
"Dave has been a foot soldier in the conservative movement, and he is a good friend," Ryan reportedly said in a statement Sunday. "His decades of experience fighting for the cause and his passionate commitment to conservative principles are just what I'm looking for to create a new kind of speakership."
In addition to his conservative credentials, Hoppe has a record of working across the aisle. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit founded by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker and Bob Dole, both Republicans, and Tom Daschle and George Mitchell, both Democrats, in 2007 to foster cooperation between congressional Democrats and Republicans.
According to the Washington Post, Hoppe and Ryan had previously spoken about Ryan's preference for hiring staffers to serve him as speaker who shared his commitment to advancing conservative principles and building a harmonious relationship with the House Freedom Caucus.
GOP strategist Ron Bonjean, who previously worked for Hoppe on Capitol Hill, described him as "someone that all sides can trust when the going gets tough to get the job done."
"Dave Hoppe is well respected as a man of integrity, passion and drive for the conservative movement. He's a person with relentless energy with tremendous institutional knowledge on how to run a leadership office," Bonjean told The Hill.
Ryan is expected to win the speaker election in conference later this week and must then secure 218 votes on the floor of the House in order to succeed Boehner. He is currently being challenged by Florida Rep. Daniel Webster, who is supported by some members belonging to the Freedom Caucus.