Sessions to run for majority whip
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House Rules Committee Chairman Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden Giuliani held phone call with Maduro amid Venezuela crisis Texas GOP rep predicts heavy Democratic presence in state ahead of 2020 MORE (R-Texas) is joining the race for majority whip.

In a Tuesday email to House Republicans, Sessions touted his tenure atop the Rules Committee, which determines how legislation is considered on the floor, as well as his 2010 chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a wave year for Republicans.

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“I know how to build a successful member-driven institution because that's exactly what we did at the NRCC and what we have done at the Rules Committee,” Sessions wrote.

“While serving as NRCC Chairman in 2010, I boldly proclaimed that our party would retire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Political pundits — and even members of our party —thought that was impossible, but we did it with a net-gain of 63 seats and a new class of 89 freshman members,” he said.

The whip slot will only become open if House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night MORE (R-La.) wins the race for majority leader. Should Scalise win, the contest to replace him would split at least three ways with Sessions, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryMnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades Fed's top regulator takes heat from both parties NC rep explores Tillis primary challenge MORE (R-N.C.) and Deputy Whip Rep. Dennis RossDennis Alan RossFears of 'What's next?' will influence Iran's — and the world's — reactions The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump has had a rough October Trump's aversion to alliances is making the world a more dangerous place MORE (R-Fla.). Rep. Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinOvernight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans Republicans push back on bipartisan bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game MORE (R-Okla.) is also said to be considering an entry into the whip race.

Sessions has served as chairman of the Rules Committee — also known as the Speaker’s Committee since majority-party members are handpicked by the Speaker — since 2013.

“As Rules Committee chairman, I share the concern I hear every day that we need to return to regular order and I understand the processes and mechanisms necessary to achieve that goal,” Sessions wrote. “I have spent many late nights at the Rules Committee listening to your ideas on how we should move forward as a team, and as majority whip, I would dedicate the same time and passion into turning your ideas into consensus and action.”

Sessions previously mounted an unsuccessful bid for majority leader last year after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his primary. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.), the current House majority leader who is now running to succeed Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (Ohio) as Speaker, easily won that race.

Scott Wong contributed