The Republicans may have lost control of the U.S. House, but one Chattahoochee Valley GOP congressman has moved into a key leadership position as the party regroups.
Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-West Point has been named as as his chief deputy whip for the 116th Congress by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
Ferguson, a dentist and former West Point mayor, was just elected to his second term representing Georgia’s 3rd District, which stretches from the southern part of metro Atlanta into north Columbus.
“I am truly honored that Steve Scalise has asked me to serve as his Chief Deputy Whip,” said Congressman Ferguson. “Steve is more than a conservative leader, he is an inspiration for all Americans. I look forward to the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities ahead, and I am excited to help lead the GOP Conference in this new role.”
Scalise said he is honored to have Ferguson in the leadership role.
“Drew has proven himself to be a tireless worker and an invaluable member of my whip team this Congress, helping us secure the votes for major conservative victories like our tax cuts bill,” Scalise said in a prepared statement released by Ferguson’s office. “Drew is respected and well liked and has built relationships across the entire spectrum of our Conference. He is a strong advocate for the conservative principles that House Republicans stand for and his fighting spirit will be a huge asset to us as we work to stop the radical, leftist agenda being promoted by House Democrats.”
The job of a party whip is to keep track of the number of votes for and against a piece of legislation. They’re also responsible, along with the party’s leader, for “whipping up” support for legislation. Ferguson will assist Scalise in that job.