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In a closed-door GOP meeting following the vote, John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat 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.