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U.S. Rep.-elect Mark Walker named among 10 who could 'trouble' GOP leadership

Washington news website The Hill has put one of North Carolina's newest Congressmen on a list of 10 freshmen it says could "trouble" Republican leaders.

Representative-elect Mark Walker of Greensboro is listed at No. 4 alongside Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia freshman who pushed state legislation to ban illegal immigrants from accessing water and sewer services. Also on the list is Rep.-elect Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, who says the U.S. should eliminate Kwanzaa and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Hill offered one reason for putting Walker on the list: "Walker generated headlines by suggesting that the U.S. invade Mexico to limit the stream of undocumented immigrants crossing the southwestern border."

Walker made the comments during a tea party forum and later said he was referring to military action against drug cartels, stressing that "I'm not looking to go across the border to Mexico."

Walker is the only North Carolina Congressman on the list. He's in Washington this week for orientation. On Wednesday, he posted a handwritten set of rules for his new role on Facebook.

Rule No. 1? "Act like a Congressman, think like a constituent."