Speaker of House John Boehner of Ohio, who presides over a new generation of GOP congressmen.

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Speaker of House John Boehner of Ohio, who presides over a new generation of GOP congressmen.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is a member of the GOP's passionate \

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is a member of the GOP's passionate "Young Guns" trio.

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Boehner with Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, right.

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Boehner with Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, right.

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McCarthy, the GOP's No. 3 and one of the Young Guns, has had a reputation as a campaign mastermind since his days as Republican leader of the California State Assembly.

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McCarthy, the GOP's No. 3 and one of the Young Guns, has had a reputation as a campaign mastermind since his days as Republican leader of the California State Assembly.

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"We're the generation that demands and wants things right now," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Boehner "is trying to ride all the right waves right now, and the Young Guns are symbolic of that wave," Chaffetz says.

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Chaffetz in his office on Capitol Hill.

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Chaffetz in his office on Capitol Hill.

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The Young Guns really came in and created a vision of who we were going to be,\

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The Young Guns really came in and created a vision of who we were going to be," Chaffetz says of the trio, which is credited with helping Republicans reclaim the House majority. "They also provided the methodology to help us get there.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), chair of the budget committee, is the third member of the Young Guns and, at 41, the youngest.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), chair of the budget committee, is the third member of the Young Guns and, at 41, the youngest.

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Ryan is not an official part of the House leadership, but his stature and his role in the budget process invest him with clout.

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Ryan is not an official part of the House leadership, but his stature and his role in the budget process invest him with clout.

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Ryan at work.

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Ryan at work.

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Ryan says he and Boehner \

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Ryan says he and Boehner "have a very frank and direct relationship."

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Boehner lost a leadership role in the 1990s but rose steadily through the ranks to become speaker this year.

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Boehner lost a leadership role in the 1990s but rose steadily through the ranks to become speaker this year.

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