Grace Notes: In new Democratic Congress, Republican Mike Johnson makes his move

Grace Notes: In new Democratic Congress, Republican Mike Johnson makes his move

Once the newly elected Congress reconvenes in January, all eyes are going to be on House Democrats, whose big Election Night earlier this month positions them to take over control of the chamber and lead every committee. Among other things, that means that Louisiana’s best-known Republican, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, will see his profile as his party’s chief vote-counter shrink.

There is one Louisiana Republican who may become more prominent, though. While much of the world was busy prepping for Thanksgiving, U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson of Benton won an all-GOP vote to head the Republican Study Committee…

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Louisiana congressman to chair conservative House group that boosted profile of Pence, Scalise

Louisiana congressman to chair conservative House group that boosted profile of Pence, Scalise

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana won a race to chair the Republican Study Committee, a large caucus of House conservatives that’s been a breeding ground for party leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence and Republican whip Steve Scalise of Jefferson Parish.

Johnson, a 46-year-old Republican from Benton, was picked for the post on a secret ballot Friday morning, edging out Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California.

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Congressman Mike Johnson sees more power for Louisiana delegation

Congressman Mike Johnson sees more power for Louisiana delegation

BATON ROUGE, La. – U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, the Benton Republican who represents northwest Louisiana, is facing his first reelection with 60-times more money than his nearest rival.

Johnson has raised $1.1 million, according the Federal Elections Commission, and his Democratic opponent, Ryan Trundle of Shreveport, has raised $18,205.

Consequently, Johnson has spent much of his campaign holding town halls and chatting up newspaper editorial boards about how strong the state’s six relatively short-serving congressmen are.

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Congressman Mike Johnson says Louisiana positioned for great things in 2019

Congressman Mike Johnson says Louisiana positioned for great things in 2019

Ahead of the Nov. 6 elections, northwest Louisiana’s representative in Washington DC, Mike Johnson, said Americans are experiencing an “extraordinary time in the nation’s politics.”

Although Johnson (LA-04) is running for re-election in November, he looked ahead to when the dust settles in January 2019.

He noted that Louisiana is in position to have a large say in the direction of the country.
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Johnson: Louisiana could have influence in next Congress

Johnson: Louisiana could have influence in next Congress

The six sitting Louisiana congressmen are “positioned really well to have a lot of influence in the next Congress,” U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson said Tuesday.

Johnson, R-Benton, told the American Press editorial board that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, has a “very good chance” of becoming the next speaker of the House if the GOP holds onto the majority in the House. Johnson said he is in a race to be the next chair of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of conservatives in the House with roughly 150 members.
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