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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Incoming House Republicans choose freshmen leaders

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Incoming House Republicans on Wednesday night tapped two of their fellow freshmen, Republican Reps.-elect Kristi Noem (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.), to serve in newly created leadership positions in the 112th Congress.

Noem and Scott will serve as the freshman class liaisons to the House leadership. Both rising stars had announced bids for the position over the past few days and were considered the two most likely to win the spot.

"I am honored that my freshman class colleagues have put their trust in me to represent our historic class at the leadership table," Noem said in a statement. "The incoming freshman class of Representatives is large and diverse but we share many common goals including cutting wasteful spending, getting our economy back on track and making government smarter and more efficient."

"We didn't come here to become Washington, we came here to change Washington," she added.

Scott and Noem will add to the diversity of House Republicans' leadership team. Scott, along with Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), is one of the first two African American Republicans to be elected to Congress since former Rep. J.C. Watts (Okla.) retired in 2003. Noem, meanwhile, will join Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to become the second woman to serve on the GOP's leadership team.

The incoming class also on Wednesday night selected Reps.-elect Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) to serve as the three freshman representatives to the Steering Committee, which decides on committee posts and chairmanships. Eight nominees were vying for the three spots, which were created by GOP leaders in an effort to give more incoming members a voice at the leadership table. Meehan narrowly edged out Rep.-elect Jaime Herrera (R-Wash.) in a runoff for the third spot.

Rep.-elect Austin Scott (R-Ga.) was elected the freshman class president and Rep.-elect Diane Black (R-Tenn.) was elected the class representative to the Policy Committee.

Austin Scott said that he was "certainly proud" to have been elected the class president and added that he hopes to contribute to Republicans' efforts to address voters' concerns about economic issues.

"We understand that jobs and the economy should be the focus of this Congress and that's what we intend to work on," he said.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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New GOP leadership says no to the Unemployed!
Try Hobo Stew (Mulligan Stew) for Thanksgiving - You Betcha
No better time to get your HOBO UP game down!

This improvised dish was the main stay of the American Hobo camps. Mulligan Stew first appeared in print in The Yukon Midnight Sun in 1904.

This holiday season, expect congress to depart without passing any unemployment tier extensions. They expire on November 30th as we all know. The Tea Party GOP leadership says no more extensions unless there is a balance budget. The GOP will wait until 2011 so they can really turn the screws and launch the next hobo generation of 5 million.

Test your Hobo Up Skill Set
campfire (Foil Dinner) over coals adding in leftovers

•Build fire with wood
•Clean potatoes and slice potatoes
•Clean and peel carrots
•dice onions and peppers into about ¼" pieces
•Spread butter on foil
•Crumble ground beef into small pieces and spread out above potatoes
•add in leftovers
•Sprinkle seasoning

Artist 99er Country Carl - hopefully you too won't have to HOBO UP!
99er New Depression Blues Video - youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM6CuCjUTdk

Posted by: countrycarl | November 19, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

GOP leadership says no to unemployed!
Hobo Stew (Mulligan Stew) for Thanksgiving - You Betcha
No better time to get your HOBO UP game down!

This improvised dish was the main stay of the American Hobo camps. Mulligan Stew first appeared in print in The Yukon Midnight Sun in 1904.

This holiday season, expect congress to depart without passing any unemployment tier extensions. They expire on November 30th as we all know. The Tea Party GOP leadership says no more extensions unless there is a balance budget. The GOP will wait until 2011 so they can really turn the screws and launch the next hobo generation of 5 million.

Test your Hobo Up Skill Set
campfire (Foil Dinner) over coals adding in leftovers

•Build fire with wood
•Clean potatoes and slice potatoes
•Clean and peel carrots
•dice onions and peppers into about ¼" pieces
•Spread butter on foil
•Crumble ground beef into small pieces and spread out above potatoes
•add in leftovers
•Sprinkle seasoning

Artist 99er Country Carl - hopefully you too won't have to HOBO UP!
99er New Depression Blues Video - youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM6CuCjUTdk

Posted by: countrycarl | November 19, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Headline should read "Freshman," not "Freshmen." It's an adjective.

Posted by: pcstorandt | November 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@knjincvc

Yep, what are these crazy Republicans thinking. Picking people who represent Americans, simply absurd.

We understand that the democrat party no longer represents Americans, but well, we republicans just feel a little different.

Posted by: NelsonMuntz | November 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Too bad, we needed a firebrand like Lt. Col. Allen West. Looks like more GOP establishment types to me. Oh, well, co-opted again. Trent Lott would be proud.

Posted by: JD17 | November 18, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Noem is too overexposed. This is a replay of what happened to the infamous freshmen class of 1994. They come in with a bang, leave with a whimper.

Posted by: wollefs | November 18, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

"Republican Reps.-elect Kristi Noem (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.), to serve in newly created leadership positions in the 112th Congress."

S.D. population 812,000 People with BA degree or higher,174,580.
S.C. population 4,516,000 People with BA degree or higher, 903,200.
Population of the U.S. 307,000,000
Population of China and India 4,200,000,000
Number of college grad in India and China ...soon to be 300,000,000.

Republicans are going for the gold ... picking people who represent Americans... we're doomed.

Posted by: knjincvc | November 18, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Let's see... Bachmann is on the back bench again, Palin is already halfway under the bus... could Kristi be the new face of GOP women?
I guess we'll have to see how well she "schools".

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 17, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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