Southern Conservative Named To U.S. House Leadership Post

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June 26, 2014 AT 12:11 PM
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday rounded out their new leadership team with another Southern conservative named to a senior vote-counting post, moving aside an ally of House Speaker John Boehner. Representative Steve Scalise, who last week was elected House Majority Whip, named Representative Patrick McHenry of North Carolina as his chief deputy. Scalise also named four other deputies to his whip team, serving under McHenry, to drum up votes in the Republican caucus. The appointments complete a major party leadership shift prompted by the shock primary defeat this month of the second ranking House Republican, Majority Leader Eric Cantor.