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 BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible 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 ClintonHillary Clinton to start new podcast Centrist Democrats insist Sanders would need delegate majority to win President Trump is weak against Bernie Sanders in foreign affairs 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. GrothmanInterest rate caps are popular — for good reason GOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid 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 BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible 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 HiceLoeffler works to gain traction with conservatives amid Collins primary bid GOP Congressman: Impeachment has sucked all the oxygen out of the room GOP rep: Impeachment 'sham' is 'taking all the oxygen' out of Washington 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 WalkerRepublicans root for Sanders nomination in battle for House Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum 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 ZinkeInternational hunting council disbands amid litigation Europe deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks 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 DainesAs many as eight GOP senators expected to vote to curb Trump's power to attack Iran Senate set for closing arguments on impeachment Schiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line MORE (R-Mont.), another member whom leadership could typically count on.

6. Gary PalmerGary James PalmerTrump takes pulse of GOP on Alabama Senate race GOP protest overshadows impeachment hearing Republicans storm closed-door hearing to protest impeachment inquiry MORE (R-Ala.). Palmer, who is replacing leadership ally Rep. Spencer BachusSpencer Thomas BachusManufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Biz 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 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 RatcliffeTrump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community John Ratcliffe back under consideration by Trump for top intel job Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury 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 CantorThe Democrats' strategy conundrum: a 'movement' or a coalition? The biggest political upsets of the decade Bottom Line 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 HillPelosi to Democrats: 'Are you ready?' The Suburban Caucus: Solutions for America's suburbs An unintended burden on small businesses 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 EmmerRepublicans root for Sanders nomination in battle for House Trump Jr. says Sanders won't be 'real competition' if he's the nominee House Democratic campaign arm raised .1 million in January MORE (R-Minn.). Emmer will replace retiring Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannEvangelicals shouldn't be defending Trump in tiff over editorial Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations 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.