- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly minted Republican U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson has joined the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Davidson, who was sworn in last week to represent former House Speaker John Boehner’s long-held southwestern Ohio district, says in a statement Monday that he’s aligned himself with the hard-right group of lawmakers who supported his candidacy. The same group helped drive Boehner out of Congress.

The 46-year-old former Army Ranger and businessman will serve the remaining seven months in Boehner’s term and is the prohibitive favorite to be re-elected to a full two-year term this November.

Backed by television ads paid for by conservative groups, Davidson won a March primary over 14 GOP rivals. He then cruised to easy victory in last week’s special election over Democratic and Green Party rivals in the Republican-leaning district.

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