House majority whip-elect Steve Scalise has chosen Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) as his chief deputy whip.
Previously filled by Rep. Peter Roskam, the chief deputy whip role is responsible for directing a team of a few dozen deputies who help the leadership pass legislation by working their personal relationships with members in order to gain votes.
“I am humbled and honored that Steve has asked me to serve as his Chief Deputy Whip,” McHenry said in a press release. “Steve is a strong conservative leader for our Conference and I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of his team. I look forward to working with him, our five Senior Deputy Whips, and the rest of the whip team to support a conservative, pro-growth agenda that will improve our economy, create jobs, and help middle class families.”
In addition to picking McHenry as his top deputy, Scalise name his “Senior Deputy Whip Team,” a group that includes Republican Reps. Kristi Noem, Dennis Ross, Aaron Schock, Steve Stivers and Ann Wagner.