Two Tea Party-backed Republicans have been appointed to the GOP House transition team that is responsible for overseeing the party's shift from minority to majority.
Politico.com reports that Representatives-elect Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined more than a dozen incumbent Republicans on Nov. 9 to meet with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is expected to become Speaker of the House in January. Scott was one of two African-American Republicans elected on Nov. 2.
The 22-member transition team, which is led by Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.), recently met with Representatives Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), who each led their respective parties' transition into power — Capuano in 2006 and Nussle in 1994.
A notable exemption from the current transition team is Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus and who is aiming for the position of Republican Conference chairman, NPR reports. Her rival for the leadership post, Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), was named to the transition group.
"It's the ideas and ideals of the Tea Party that are important and need to be represented at the table," Bachmann told USA Today.