Rep. Roskam chosen for final GOP leadership spot

Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam was chosen Monday as Republican chief deputy whip, the final spot on the roster of House Republican leaders in the next Congress.

Majority Whip-designate Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Roskam, a second-term lawmaker, would help bring "fresh ideas" to the table in the 112th Congress, which begins in January. 

"My good friend Peter Roskam is a bold leader whose fresh ideas will continue to help energize the Republican Party as we move forward in the majority," he said in a statement.

Roskam's elevation to deputy whip could put him on a fast-track for higher leadership positions in the future: Both McCarthy and incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have held the position.

Roskam could help the GOP better reach out to President Obama: He served with the president when he was an Illinois state senator and is one of the few House Republicans who has a personal relationship with Obama.

The Illinois lawmaker is accompanied by Speaker-designate John Boehner (Ohio), Cantor, McCarthy, conference chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas), vice chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), leadership chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) in the GOP leadership.

Republicans also selected freshmen Kristi Noem (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) to fill two newly created leadership posts for first-term members.