Reschenthaler played a key role in helping the Minnesota Republican lock down support for the coveted position during a heated three-way race, making calls on behalf of Emmer to whip votes in his favor to free up time for Emmer to focus on his position heading the House GOP’s campaign arm.
Emmer touted the Pennsylvania Republican’s military experience and strong relationships with members within all factions of the party while making his pick for his top deputy public.
“No one is more tenacious and determined than Guy, and his experience as a US Navy veteran is a vital addition to our leadership team,” Emmer said in a statement.
“His reputation and relationships within the Republican conference speak volumes about his abilities. Guy will play a crucial role in House Republicans’ fight to deliver on our commitments to the American people,” he added.
With the party facing razor-thin margins in the lower chamber, the whip team is expected to play a critical role in rallying the support needed to get key pieces of legislation over the finish line.
Reschenthaler acknowledged that the job won’t be easy but said he is ready to take on the task at hand.
“I am honored that Tom Emmer would select me to be his chief deputy — we’re gonna have our work cut out for us, but the American people want us to put a stop to Biden’s far-left radical agenda, and I plan to do my best to help leadership stop that agenda,” he told the Washington Examiner.
Reschenthaler, a former district judge, U.S. Navy JAG, and state senator, was elected to Congress in 2018, serving in leadership as his freshman and sophomore class representative.