Former Reagan and George H.W. Bush administration appointee David McIntosh is succeeding Chris Chocola as president of the insurgent conservative campaign group Club for Growth.

McIntosh told friends Monday in an end-of-the-year email that he expects to "be back directly in policy debates advocating free markets and economic liberty policies. The club’s affiliated PAC supports clients for national office who are strong leaders for these principles."

The Washington, D.C.-based group said Chocola is retiring but will remain on the club's board of directors.

“While I am saddened that Chris has chosen to depart, I am ecstatic that he is remaining on the board and that we have someone of the caliber of David McIntosh to fill his shoes. David is a movement conservative who believes deeply that prosperity and opportunity comes from economic freedom, and I know he’s ready to lead the Club for Growth into 2015 and beyond,” said Jackson T. Stephens Jr., the club's chairman.

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