Rep. McHenry joins Republican leadership team in US House

Posted by Renee Schoof on June 26, 2014 

North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry is joining the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the Majority Whip-elect, announced on Thursday that he’d chosen McHenry as his top deputy.

“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. McHenry also supported Scalise in his leadership race last week.

McHenry, who’s from Hickory, is completing his tenth year in Congress. He said Scalise was a “strong conservative leader” and that he looked forward to working with him and the five new senior deputy whips on a conservative agenda.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Scalise made a good choice.

“Chief deputy whip is one of the most important jobs in the House,” Boehner said in a statement. “Patrick McHenry is a common-sense conservative who does a great job for the people of North Carolina, and I welcome him to the leadership team.”

Whips keep track of the views of members of the party and persuades them to vote for measures important to the leadership.

McHenry replaces Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. Roskam ran against Scalise to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. McCarthy moves up to majority leader, replacing Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., after Cantor lost his primary race.

McHenry is 38, which makes him the youngest member of the leadership team.

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