Roskam named Chief Deputy Whip

Republicans have added another relative newcomer to their leadership lineup.

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., will serve as the number two Majority Whip in the new Congress.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Caif., who will become Majority Whip in January, made the announcement Monday morning.

McCarthy called Roskam “a bold leader whose fresh ideas continue to help energize the Republican party as we move into the Majority.”

Roskam, like McCarthy, is serving his second term in Congress and holds the seat once occupied by the late Henry Hyde.

Chief Deputy Whip is an important position, particularly in the GOP, where those who have held the job have been able to climb higher in the leadership. McCarthy has served as chief deputy whip in the 111th Congress. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who is about to become Majority Leader, also served as chief deputy whip, as did former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

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