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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 BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists 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 backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC 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. GrothmanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Political fireworks fuel DC statehood hearing 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 BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists 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 Hice21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol Georgia GOP censures state official who criticized Trump Republicans try but can't escape Jan. 6  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 WalkerThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Past criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC 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 ZinkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues | Trump Interior Secretary Zinke files to run for Congress, again | Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Trump Interior Secretary Zinke files to run for Congress, again 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 DainesGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Company officially nixes Keystone XL pipeline OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE (R-Mont.), another member whom leadership could typically count on.

6. Gary PalmerGary James PalmerMo Brooks launches Senate bid in Alabama Former Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending 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 RatcliffeFive things to know about the new spotlight on UFOs Extraordinary explanations for UFOs look increasingly plausible Sunday shows preview: US hails Israel-Hamas cease-fire; 'vast differences' remain between Biden, GOP on infrastructure MORE (R-Texas). Ratcliffe defeated Rep. Ralph HallRalph Moody HallUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief 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 CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' 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, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel In 'restoring America's soul,' Biden can become a hero for the persecuted 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 EmmerHouse Democrats' campaign arm seizes on latest Greene controversy NRCC chairman, Texas lawmakers among top earmark requesters House GOP campaign arm raises .2 million in April MORE (R-Minn.). Emmer will replace retiring Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBoehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it 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.