10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Lobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom MORE's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.

The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.

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Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading Mexico. 

Here are 10 new freshmen who swell the far-right’s numbers, including several who will replace members upon whom the House GOP leadership was normally able to rely.

1. Glenn GrothmanGlenn S. GrothmanGOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill GOP lawmaker: Trump 'not quite popular enough' to advance an immigration bill MORE (R-Wis.). Grothman will be replacing Rep. Tom PetriThomas (Tom) Evert PetriKeep our elections free and fair Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Combine healthcare and tax reform to bring out the best in both MORE (R-Wis.), a reliable supporter of the leadership. Grothman is likely to be anything but that. The conservative firebrand has called for eliminating Kwanzaa — a holiday he says "almost no black people today care about" — and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As if that were not enough, he has also accused the federal government of waging a "war on men" by promoting affirmative action.  

2. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.). Loudermilk has stated plainly he will not support BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Lobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom MORE for Speaker. He has also generated headlines for suggesting that President Obama deserves to be impeached, though he acknowledged that he didn't think the idea would be worth pursuing if it would not succeed. In addition, Loudermilk sponsored legislation in the Georgia state Senate to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining marriage licenses, attending state colleges or accessing water and sewage services.

3. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Interior whistleblowers say agency has sidelined scientists under Trump Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (R-Ga.). Hice, a radio talk-show host, has expressed a desire for "new leadership with a backbone" instead of Boehner. He has also asserted that it is acceptable for a woman to hold political power if she is "within the authority of her husband." Hice further suggested in his 2012 book "It's Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America" that Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights because Islam is "a complete geo-political structure."

4. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerOn The Money: House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal | Dem court filing defends powers to get Trump's NY tax returns | Debt collectors to pay M to settle consumer bureau charges House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal Romney to vote against budget deal: Agreement 'perpetuates fiscal recklessness' MORE (R-N.C.). Walker generated headlines by suggesting that the U.S. invade Mexico to limit the stream of undocumented immigrants crossing the southwestern border. "Well, we did it before. If we need to do it again, I don’t have a qualm about it," Walker said about going to war with Mexico.

5. Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeBLM issues final plan for reduced Utah monument New policy at Interior's in-house watchdog clamps down on interactions with press Overnight Energy: EPA proposes scrapping limits on coal plant waste | Appointee overseeing federal lands once advocated selling them | EPA lifts Obama-era block on controversial mine MORE (R-Mont.). Back in January, Zinke declared during a campaign stop that Hillary Clinton was the "anti-Christ." On the same occasion, he insisted that "We need to focus on the real enemy," apparently in reference to Clinton. Zinke will replace Sen.-elect Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesThe 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal 5 takeaways from combative Democratic debate GOP senator introduces resolution to formally condemn socialism MORE (R-Mont.), another member whom leadership could typically count on.

6. Gary PalmerGary James PalmerHouse passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal Palmer's Paris agreement bashing lacks policy basis Tensions rise during GOP leadership meeting over dues MORE (R-Ala.). Palmer, who is replacing leadership ally Rep. Spencer BachusSpencer Thomas BachusBiz groups take victory lap on Ex-Im Bank On The Money: White House files notice of China tariff hikes | Dems cite NYT report in push for Trump tax returns | Trump hits Iran with new sanctions | Trump praises GM for selling shuttered Ohio factory | Ex-Im Bank back at full strength Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations MORE (R-Ala.), stated early in his campaign that he would not support Boehner for Speaker because he thinks the Ohio Republican has "lost his legitimacy to lead." But Palmer said last month that he regrets, "to a certain extent," making that pledge because it could compromise his ability to secure plum committee assignments. Palmer said he explained his rationale in a conversation with Boehner: "I told him, I said that I want you to know right now that if I tell you I'll do something, you can count on it, and I'm going to prove it to you by not voting for you."

7. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Lawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong President Trump is right: Mainstream media 'do a very good job' MORE (R-Texas). Ratcliffe defeated Rep. Ralph HallRalph Moody HallRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Former Texas GOP Rep. Ralph Hall dead at 95 GOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas MORE (R-Texas), currently the oldest sitting member of Congress, in a primary earlier this year. He said repeatedly over the course of his campaign that he was undecided about whether to support Boehner for Speaker. Ratcliffe has also blamed the leadership for the Republican Party's shortcomings. "I have said pretty candidly that I think some of the problems we’ve had have been failures of GOP leadership. I’m not going to back away from that," Ratcliffe said.

8. Dave Brat (R-Va.). Brat, a Randolph-Macon College economics professor, delivered perhaps the biggest political upset of the year when he toppled former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington GOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE (R-Va.) in the June GOP primary. His victory came partly by accusing Cantor of being "pro-amnesty" on immigration. Brat has also declined to say whether he'll support Boehner for Speaker.

9. French HillJames (French) French HillA true believer in diversity, inclusion Restore Pell Grant eligibility to people in prison Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown MORE (R-Ark.). When asked at a June forum if he would oppose future government shutdowns, Hill suggested such events weren't so out of the ordinary. "First of all, government shutdowns have been sort of a part of the tension between the executive branch and the legislative branch for decades," Hill said. "So it's not always something that's a partisan issue, there's a constructive tension between the executive and the legislative."

10. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerDemocrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 Cook Political Report moves TX-23 from Toss Up to Lean Democratic after Hurd retirement MORE (R-Minn.). Emmer will replace retiring Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannKlobuchar urges CNN town hall audience: 'That's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' Will Biden lead a 'return to normalcy' in 2020? MORE (R-Minn.), a Tea Party star who frequently defied the GOP leadership. Emmer was known as a conservative firebrand in the Minnesota state House and proposed a state constitutional amendment in 2010 while running for governor that would only have allowed federal laws to be implemented in Minnesota if supermajorities in the state legislature approved them. While Emmer ran a more toned-down congressional campaign this year, he's still worth watching. He represents the most conservative district in his state.