Utah Republican and member of the Senate’s tea party triumvirate Mike Lee will deliver the official tea party response to President Obama the night of the State of the Union address.
Lee, along with possible 2016 contenders Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), has emerged as a leading critic of the Obama administration and a fiscal hawk during his three-plus years in office. The president’s speech and Lee’s rebuttal are scheduled for one week from Tuesday.
“For the Tea Party movement, 2014 is not just about taking back the Senate, but it is also about putting forward conservative ideas that will allow for America to prosper,” Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, said in a statement. “Senator Mike Lee has been both a Tea Party hero for supporters across the nation, and a conservative leader in the upper chamber.”
Lee has taken special care to put his ideas to paper. He was a leading proponent of the Cut, Cap and Balance budget measure during the debt ceiling fight in 2011, as well as the author of a Heritage Foundation-blessed budget proposal. In 2013, he took the lead on laying out conservative reforms to higher education.
As of Tuesday morning, the GOP had yet to name who would deliver its party’s official response to Obama’s address. Lee’s remarks, slated to follow the GOP speech, will be carried at http://teapartyexpress.org/.