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House Republican Leadership in 116th Congress

House Republicans held their elections today to determine who will lead them in the minority of the 116th Congress. Here is an update of who holds which positions and what their duties are.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was selected as the House Minority Leader, only going from the majority to the minority, and will work with members to set their agenda, message, and strategy in the lower chamber.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was selected as the Minority Whip, with the duty of persuading members to support the Caucus position on votes and projecting support for the Caucus position.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was elected as Chair of the Republican Conference. Rep. Cheney will be the third-ranking House Republican and highest-ranking Republican woman in the House, leading the organization of party members in the House.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) was elected as Vice Chair of the Conference and will assist Chair Cheney in her duties.

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) is the new Republican Conference Secretary and tasked with maintaining and disseminating the minutes of conference meetings to members.

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) is the new Policy Committee Chair, taking over from Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), and will lead the policy-making arm of House Republicans.

Finally, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) will chair the National Republican Congressional Committee, the political committee devoted to increasing the Republican majority in the House.

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