Scalise Picks McHenry as His Chief Deputy Whip

US Representative Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina and subcommittee chariman, questions Elizabeth Warren, Assistant to the President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as she testifies before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 24, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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June 26, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

House Ma­jor­ity Whip-elect Steve Scal­ise has tapped  Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Car­o­lina as his chief deputy whip, mark­ing the rise of an­oth­er South­ern-state Re­pub­lic­an in­to House lead­er­ship ranks.

In a state­ment an­noun­cing his se­lec­tion, Scal­ise, from Louisi­ana, cred­ited McHenry for hav­ing helped “lead the charge” in hold­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­count­able, re­fer­ring to his role as chair­man of the House Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Over­sight and In­vest­ig­a­tions Sub­com­mit­tee.

In his elec­tion by fel­low House Re­pub­lic­ans to the whip post last week, Scal­ise made an is­sue to fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans of the need for more geo­graph­ic­al bal­ance with­in the House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship ranks—or, more pre­cisely, the need for more red-state rep­res­ent­a­tion.

Oth­er Re­pub­lic­ans chosen to be mem­bers of Scal­ise’s seni­or deputy whip team—ac­cord­ing to a tweet Thursday af­ter­noon from McHenry—are Reps. Ann Wag­n­er of Mis­souri, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Steve Stivers of Ohio, Den­nis Ross of Flor­ida, and Aaron Schock of Illinois.

To­geth­er, they will be the main House Re­pub­lic­an vote-coun­ters, a group charged with gauging rank-and-file sen­ti­ment on le­gis­la­tion, and also with us­ing per­son­al re­la­tion­ships and oth­er pres­sure and strategies to coax mem­bers to vote on bills that GOP lead­ers deem ne­ces­sary.

Of McHenry, Scal­ise also poin­ted Thursday to his pre­vi­ous role as deputy Re­pub­lic­an whip as giv­ing him “the in­valu­able ex­per­i­ence, in­sight, and judg­ment to help me lead the whip team and bring the con­fer­ence to­geth­er to grow the vote.”

“I look for­ward to work­ing with him on be­half of the Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence to ad­vance con­ser­vat­ive val­ues and prin­ciples that unite us and move Amer­ica for­ward,” said the state­ment from Scal­ise.

McHenry was elec­ted to the House in 2004. In a tweet Thursday af­ter­noon, he de­scribed him­self as “humbled and honored” to be se­lec­ted.

Scal­ise and his team will form­ally take over whip du­ties on Ju­ly 31, when cur­rent House Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy as­cends to the post of ma­jor­ity lead­er. The lead­er­ship lad­der move­ment was promp­ted by the un­ex­pec­ted primary de­feat of cur­rent Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor.

The cur­rent chief deputy whip is Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, who had sought to fol­low Mc­Carthy as ma­jor­ity whip, but lost in closed-door House Re­pub­lic­an bal­lot­ing last week.

A full slate of House lead­ers, from both parties, are to be se­lec­ted by mem­bers again after the Nov. 4 elec­tions.

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