Overnight, Norris became a hero among Progressive reformers when he took on the powerful Speaker, Joseph Cannon. It was his resolution that stripped from the Speaker all committee assignment powers and ended "czar" rule. A Republican loyalist, Norris joined with the Progressives when his district became more sympathetic to reform, and the Republican establishment harshly suppressed insurgency in its ranks.
George Norris, photograph, ca. 1900
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