Scalise keeps job as Republican whip

Chris Miller
November 14, 2018 - 1:03 pm

When the 116th Congress begins in January, Metairie Republican Steve Scalise may no longer be in the majority party, but the title of whip will still be his.

Scalise's position as whip was never in any danger, as he was seeking the position unopposed. He was approved by a unanimous voice vote as Minority Whip. It makes him the number two Republican in the House behind incoming Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. 

Scalise was angling for the Majority Leader job, had the Republican party maintained control of the House. It was expected that McCarthy would have been the favorite for House Speaker in the wake of Paul Ryan's retirement.

In the Senate, both Republicans and Democrats returned Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) and Charles Schumer (D-New York) to their respective leadership posts. House Democrats put their elections off until after Thanksgiving.


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