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Mimi Walters elected to House GOP leadership

State Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, listens to discussion on the main budget bill as senators prepared to vote on the state budget in 2011.
State Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, listens to discussion on the main budget bill as senators prepared to vote on the state budget in 2011. hamezcua@sacbee.com

California is getting a little more clout in the House of Representatives.

Orange County Republican Rep.-elect Mimi Walters, a state senator preparing to take her seat in Congress, will do so in a leadership role representing the new freshman class.

Walters’ elevation bolsters the number of women serving in House Republican leadership and comes three months after Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield was installed as the House Majority leader.

Republicans earlier this month increased their grip on the House and seized control of the U.S. Senate in a GOP wave that swept much of the country but again appears to have faltered upon hitting the Sierra Nevada. California Democrats are on the verge of defending their incumbents and picking up an open seat.

Walters, first elected to the Assembly in 2004 and the state Senate in 2008, in a statement Monday said Americans harbor high expectations for the 114th Congress and her freshman class, and “we will not let them down.”

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago

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