Rep. Patrick McHenry named GOP chief deputy house whip

House Majority Whip candidate Steve Scalise (R-La.), right, arrives with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) for House Republican leadership elections in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Incoming GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced Thursday that he will tap Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) as his chief deputy whip.

“It is an honor to name my colleague Congressman Patrick McHenry as Chief Deputy Whip,” Scalise said in a statement.  “I look forward to working with him on behalf of the Republican Conference to advance the conservative values and principles that unite us and move America forward."

The announcement completes the GOP House leadership shakeup that began when current House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was handed a stunning defeat by a Tea Party challenger in his Republican primary.

A week later, the GOP caucus elected current House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to replace Cantor, who is stepping down from his leadership position effective July 31.

McHenry will replace Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), the current deputy whip who unsuccessfully campaigned to replace McCarthy.

"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."

Scalise also named Reps. Kristi Noem, (S.D.), Dennis Ross (Fla.), Aaron Schock (Ill.), Steve Stivers (Ohio) and Ann Wagner (Mo.) to his senior whip team.

“The Senior Deputy Whip Team will ensure that the voices, interests and values of every member are represented at the table," he said in the statement. "I will work relentlessly with our team to unite our conference and grow the vote.  Together we will work to solve our nation’s problems for the American people."

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post. He previously covered Congress and national politics.



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