Rep. Steve Scalise will be the new Majority Whip, elected by House GOP lawmakers as the only red-state member of the leadership team.

Scalise, of Louisiana, will replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the chief vote counter and the person most responsible for lining up GOP support for key votes.

House Republicans earlier today elected McCarthy to serve as the new majority leader.

The leadership elections were called after current Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., suffered a stunning primary defeat last week. He'll step down from his leadership post on July 31.

Scalise took office in 2008.

He defeated Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., the current Chief Deputy Whip and Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.