Jul 10, 2003
Press Release
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced his selection of South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson to be an Assistant Whip for the 108th Congress. Assistant Whips are responsible for helping the Majority Whip and the Chief Deputy Majority Whip find the votes necessary to pass critical legislation. “Joe will be an excellent Assistant Whip, and I am pleased that he has agreed to do this very important job,” Blunt said. “I look forward to working with him every day to move the Republican agenda forward in the House.” “This is such a tremendous honor,” said Rep. Wilson. “I can’t wait to work side-by-side with the best leadership team that I’ve ever seen. Republicans have a clear and positive agenda to secure America’s future, and I will work aggressively to help enact it. I am so grateful to Majority Whip Blunt and Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor for this opportunity to serve.” “Joe and I and the rest of our team have a lot of hard work ahead of us as the House addresses an aggressive legislative agenda, but I am confident that we’ll have a good year and continue getting the work done that the American people have sent us here to do,” Blunt continued. “Joe Wilson’s new role will give South Carolina’s Second District an even bigger voice in the decision-making process in the House,” Blunt said. “This is a real win for South Carolina.” Blunt was first elected to Congress in 1996 and became Chief Deputy Majority Whip at the beginning of his second term, when Congressman J. Dennis Hastert (Ill.) became Speaker in 1999. The Majority Whip is the third-ranking member of the House leadership, behind the Speaker and the Majority Leader. Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor serves as the Chief Deputy Majority Whip. ###