U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will continue to serve in the leadership of the House of Representatives in a new position during the 108th session of Congress, which is scheduled to convene in early January.

Walden has been appointed deputy majority whip, a senior post held by Republican house members who assist the majority whip, the third-ranking Republican member behind the speaker and majority leader. Deputy whips meet regularly in leadership forums to address crucial legislative issues. they are responsible for helping the majority whip ensure the passage of key legislation.

Walden, who served as an assistant whip during the 107th session of Congress, is the first Oregon republican lawmaker to serve at this level in house leadership in decades.

Walden was also appointed to serve on a subcommittee of the House energy and Commerce Committee, of which he has been a member since the start of the 107th Congress. In the fall of 2002 he was appointed to the subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet. In addition, he serves on the house committees on energy and commerce and resources.

Walden represents Oregon's second congressional district, which covers 20 counties in southern, central, and eastern Oregon.

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