Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt remains in the leadership ranks in the U.S. House of Representatives. Blunt has been re-elected Majority Whip for the upcoming session of Congress that begins in January. Blunt was first sent to Congress in 1996 and was elected Majority Whip by his Republican colleagues two years ago. Blunt remains the third-ranking member of the House leadership behind Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.