House GOP to Seat Freshman Lawmaker at Leadership Table

By John R Parkinson

Nov 8, 2010 6:03pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

When the new wave of freshmen House Republicans comes to Washington for new member orientation next week, newly-elected representatives will hold an election to determine multiple leadership roles for the incoming class of the 112th session of Congress.

ABC News has obtained a copy of the letter being distributed to at least 84 freshmen Republicans elected last week to the House of Representatives.  

In a letter signed by the next presumptive Speaker of the House John Boehner and the next likely Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Republican leaders announce that the election will determine a position at the elected leadership table

“The incoming GOP freshman class for the 112th Congress is no ordinary freshman class, and this is no ordinary time for our nation.  Accordingly, the incoming GOP freshman class will have a larger voice at the leadership table and on the Steering Committee than previous GOP freshman classes in previous Congresses,” the letter reads. “In addition, there are various other non-elected roles in which freshmen can participate which we look forward to discussing with you during orientation.” 

Among the positions the freshmen class will elect are a Freshman Representative to the Elected Leadership Team, a Freshman Class President, two Freshman Class Steering Committee Representatives and a Freshman Representative to the Policy Committee. 

Already, a top aide to incoming freshman Kristi Noem, R-South Dakota, says the Tea Party rising star will seek the position of Freshman Representative to the Elected Leadership Team.

The election for freshman leadership will occur on Wednesday, Nov. 17th following new member conference organizing activities. Elections for the full House Republicans leadership team are also schedule for the same day. 

Monday morning, Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the GOP Majority transition team, announced that the 22-member committee will include four freshmen members, namely Tim Scott from South Carolina, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Adam Kinzinger from Illinois and Martha Roby from Alabama.

There are also eight races in the House that remain too close to call, giving Republicans an opportunity to increase their new majority even further.

The letter is copied below:

November 9, 2010 

Dear Freshman Member–Elect, 

As you prepare to come to Washington for Orientation during the week of November 14th, we wanted to bring to your attention the various leadership opportunities available to your class.  

The incoming GOP freshman class for the 112th Congress is no ordinary freshman class, and this is no ordinary time for our nation.  Accordingly, the incoming GOP freshman class will have a larger voice at the leadership table and on the Steering Committee than previous GOP freshman classes in previous Congresses.   In addition, there are various other non-elected roles in which freshmen can participate which we look forward to discussing with you during orientation. 

Your class will elect the following positions on November 17th following our Conference Organizing activities.  We will arrange for a room for you to conduct your deliberations and voting. 

1) Freshman Class President
2) Freshman Class Steering Committee Representative #1
3) Freshman Class Steering Committee Representative #2
4) Freshman Representative to the Elected Leadership Team
5) Freshman Representative to the Policy Committee

Sincerely, 

John Boehner
Republican Leader 

Eric Cantor
Republican Whip

–ABC News' Gregory Simmons contributed to this report

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