U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, became the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives June 19 when he was elected Majority Whip in the first round of balloting.
Scalise defeated the current chief deputy whip, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, as well as U.S. Rep. Marlin A. Stutzman of Indiana for the post. He succeeds U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who ascended to Majority Leader after the reigning majority leader, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, was defeated last week in a primary and resigned the majority leader's position.
Scalise has represented Louisiana's 1st Congressional District since 2008. He chairs the powerful Republican Study Committee.