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 ScaliseOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Texas man with politician hit list, illegally 3D printed rifle sentenced to eight years The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? 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 McHenryOn The Money: Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule | Negotiators running out of time to avert shutdown | Trump nominates World Bank critic as its next chief On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Local banks can lead bipartisan efforts on financial regulation 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."