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In a closed-door GOP meeting following the vote, John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE promised there would be no retribution for the members who opposed him. Huelskamp was one of four Republicans who had already lost committee slots because they'd bucked leadership.

Huelskamp hails from a safely Republican seat. With some Tea Party heroes like Reps. Allan West (R-Fla.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) losing reelection in 2012, there's an opening for others to step into that role — and he seems to be relishing that position.