Change is coming to an influential group on Capitol Hill following a vote Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., was elected the next chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and will succeed U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

“I’m grateful for the trust of my colleagues in selecting me to serve as the next chairman of the House Freedom Caucus,” Biggs said in a statement from the caucus. “The Freedom Caucus has revolutionized Capitol Hill because our members have shown that they will stand for principle over politics – every time.”

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Meadows, a key ally of President Trump, will step down as chairman Oct. 1 but will remain a member of the group’s board, the statement said.

“I’ve been honored and humbled to serve as chairman of the Freedom Caucus for the last two and a half years, and I can’t think of a better person to pass the torch to than Andy Biggs,” Meadows said, according to the statement.

“Rep. Biggs is an outstanding public servant, a strong conservative, and a steady voice with the right experience to build on the tremendous strides our caucus has made since 2015 in fighting for open, limited, and accountable government,” Meadows added. “He’ll be a phenomenal leader for our group.”

Biggs, 60, a native of Tucson, represents Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, which mostly covers suburbs east of Phoenix.

A member of Congress since 2017 after serving as a state lawmaker, Biggs has been a staunch backer of President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Meadows, also 60, represents North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, in the western part of the state, and has been serving in Congress since 2013.

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Meadows became chairman of the House Freedom Caucus in January 2017, succeeding U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who remains chairman emeritus of the group.

The Freedom Caucus has struggled to advance its agenda since Democrats took control of the House following the 2018 midterms.

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