U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who represents part of North Columbus, has been named to the Republican House leadership team.
Westmoreland, in his third term, was appointed to the Republican whip team by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va.
“It’s an honor to serve the Republican Conference in this capacity, and it gives me a seat and a greater voice at the leadership table as I work to represent and promote Georgia in the House,” Westmoreland said. “House Republicans are going through a rebuilding stage after losing significant ground over the past two election cycles. The Democrats have a huge majority and that limits our ability to stop liberal excesses in their tracks. We nevertheless have a duty to our constituents and to the nation to hold the Democrats and President Obama accountable for their actions."
Westmoreland will be in an advisory role to Cantor. Members of the whip encourage rank-and-file members to support the leadership position on certain votes and also relay members’ opinions and concerns to the conference’s leaders, according to a news release from Westmoreland's office.
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“I’m pleased that Congressman Westmoreland has joined the Republican Whip Team, the team that will act as the cornerstone of House Republican efforts to preserve, protect and create a better tomorrow for working families," Cantor said. "This team is comprised of top leaders that will advance a positive vision for the future of our country, a vision based on accountability, transparency and action."