by Dennis Dalman
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer and State Rep. Lisa Demuth, both re-elected in the Nov. 8 election, were chosen recently for top leadership roles by their Republican colleagues.
Emmer (R-Delano) was elected by Republicans in the U.S. House of Congress to become Majority Whip, considered to be one of the three top leadership positions in the U.S. House of Congress, along with Speaker of the House and Majority Leader.
In a press release, Emmer stated the following:
“It is an honor to be entrusted by my colleagues with the role of Majority Whip. Now the hard work begins. It’s time to unite our conference and deliver on our promises to the American people.”
A Majority Whip assists party leadership in bringing the party’s bills to the House floor, maintaining communication between the leadership of the party and its members, counting votes on key legislation and persuading colleagues to vote for particular issues.
On Nov. 8, Emmer was re-elected for a fourth two-year term to represent District 6 in Minnesota, which includes the counties of Stearns and Benton, as well as four other counties.
The Republicans regained control of the U.S. House in the Nov. 8 election with a slight majority. The Democrats maintained control of the U.S. Senate, but just barely.
Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring) was elected by her party as Minority Leader. Recently re-elected to a third two-year term, she represents District 13A, which includes part of central Minnesota.
In the Nov. 8 election, Democrats gained control of the State Senate and maintained their majority in the State House. That is why the Republicans had to choose a Minority Leader – Demuth.
After being elected, she said she intends to work hard with both Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation that would include reducing taxes and strengthening public safety. She also praised a diversity of people as one of Minnesota’s strengths.