Emmer, a key McCarthy ally, joined Congress in 2015 and served two phrases as chairman of the Republican Nationwide Congressional Committee, which works to elect Republicans to the Home of Representatives. He received a three-way race for majority whip in November, making him the No. 3 Republican within the Home.

The Home Freedom Caucus and different members with comparable ideologies had been essential to Emmer’s victory on this race. He’s near Republican Representatives Andy Biggs (Arizona), former head of the Freedom Caucus, and Matt Gaetz (Florida).

Emmer’s identify was floated final week by Republicans who had been planning to oust McCarthy. These members believed that Emmer could be extra attuned to their considerations than McCarthy and would ship extra conservative outcomes for them.

Earlier than McCarthy was fired, Emmer stated he was not within the job. Now that the place is vacant, Emmer’s solely feedback on the matter had been that he thought Scalise could be a terrific speaker.

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