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Scalise names N.C. Rep. Patrick McHenry deputy whip

North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry was tapped to take over as chief deputy whip for the incoming House Republican leadership team.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   June 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise announced his whip team Thursday, to be led by North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry as his chief deputy.

McHenry is a member of the whip team lead by outgoing House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy-R-Calif., who was elected to take over as majority leader when Eric Cantor steps down at the end of July.

"As Chairman of the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, McHenry has helped lead the charge in holding the administration accountable," Scalise said in a statement. "His previous role as deputy Republican whip gives him the invaluable experience, insight and judgment to help me lead the whip team and bring the conference together to grow the vote."

The five-term congressman will replace Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., who lost out to Scalise in the race for the whip job, and was a key part of the team that helped Scalise line up support in last week's leadership election.

"I am humbled and honored that Steve has asked me to serve as his chief deputy whip. Steve is a strong conservative leader for our conference and I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of his team," McHenry said in a statement. "I look forward to working with him, our five senior deputy whips, and the rest of the whip team to support a conservative, pro-growth agenda that will improve our economy, create jobs, and help middle class families."

Rounding out the whip team will be Reps. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Dennis Ross of Florida, Aaron Schock of Illinois, Steve Stivers of Ohio and Ann Wagner of Missouri.

McCarthy, Scalise and their new leadership will take over their new roles on July 31. But because the House will be in recess for all of August and through Labor Day, the new team will only be in place for 12 legislative days before November's midterm elections.

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