Presumptive House Speaker John Boehner is recognizing his huge class of freshman lawmakers with a new slot in the party's leadership, according to a letter obtained by The Hill.
In a letter written by Boehner (R-Ohio) and presumptive House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), new Republican House members are notified that they will elect a representative to be part of the GOP leadership team in the 112th Congress.
"The incoming GOP freshman class for the 112th Congress is no ordinary freshman class, and this is no ordinary time for our nation. Accordingly, the incoming GOP freshman class will have a larger voice at the leadership table and on the Steering Committee than previous GOP freshman classes in previous Congresses," Boehner and Cantor wrote in the letter.
The GOP leaders added two elected positions — freshman representative to the elected leadership team and a second freshman class steering committee representative — to the current elected positions available to new members.
The new GOP lawmakers will vote on the positions on Nov. 17th after conference officials elects their slate of GOP leaders that day.