- Associated Press - Friday, November 16, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana has a new leadership job, elected chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee for the congressional term that begins in January.

The group of about 150 House lawmakers is influential in GOP decision-making. Johnson, in his second term as a congressman from the Shreveport area, will take over as the House shifts to Democratic control.

His election to the two-year chairman’s term was announced Friday. In a statement, Johnson said the position will give Louisiana greater influence in Congress and he’ll use it to “fight for the core conservative values I and so many other Louisianians hold dear.”

Previous chairmen of the caucus include Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, who will be the No. 2 GOP leader next term.

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