Scalise taps Rep. Drew Ferguson to serve as House GOP deputy whip

Scalise taps Rep. Drew Ferguson to serve as House GOP deputy whip
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans suffer whiplash from Trump's erratic week Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight MORE (R-La.) announced Tuesday that he would appoint Rep. Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonGOP lawmaker under fire for displaying 'racially offensive' book passage in office Why the state of skills training should be a big part of the State of the Union Scalise taps Rep. Drew Ferguson to serve as House GOP deputy whip MORE (R-Ga.) to succeed Rep. Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Maxine Waters says her committee will call in Zuckerberg to testify about Libra House asks Facebook: 'What is Libra?' MORE (R-N.C.) as chief deputy whip for the House Republican conference next year.

Ferguson will assist Scalise in counting votes and coordinating on legislation within the conference in the 116th Congress. Chief deputy whip is the highest-ranking appointed position in the lower chamber. 

"Drew has proven himself to be a tireless worker, and an invaluable member of my whip team this Congress, helping us secure the votes for major conservative victories like our tax cuts bill," Scalise said in a statement.

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"Drew is respected and well liked, and has built relationships across the entire spectrum of our Conference. He is a strong advocate for the conservative principles that House Republicans stand for, and his fighting spirit will be a huge asset to us as we work to stop the radical, leftist agenda being promoted by House Democrats."

Ferguson, who was just reelected to a second term in the House, said he was honored to be chosen for the role.

"Steve is more than a conservative leader, he is an inspiration for all Americans," he said of Scalise. "I look forward to the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities ahead, and I am excited to help lead the GOP Conference in this new role."