Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) received encouragement by more than a dozen House GOP colleagues Tuesday to seek a leadership position next year.
Bachmann might possibly run for the position of chairman of the House Republican Conference, among other new positions that might become available if the GOP wins back a majority of seats in the House.
"The congresswoman's been encouraged by several members, and she's definitely keeping all doors open," Bachmann spokesman Sergio Gor said.
The position of head of the Conference would be the fourth-ranking job in a GOP House. Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to be elevated to Speaker, and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will likely become majority leader.
Current Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) is rumored to be considering leaving the position to prepare a run for governor or possibly for president.
That would leave two top jobs — conference chairman and majority whip — open for leadership fights.
Other talked-about candidates for the whip and conference position include Reps. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.).
Bachmann might have a leg up in her leadership bid due to the 52-member Tea Party caucus she helped form earlier this year, which featured conservative House members looking to align themselves with the grassroots movement.