Del. Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, will serve as the West Virginia House of Delegate’s minority whip when the Legislature convenes next week, according to a press release sent by the delegate Monday morning.
House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, picked Cowles for the position.
Cowles, who was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2006, also will serve as minority chairman of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation and minority vice-chairman of the Political Subdivisions Committee. He also is a member of the House’s Finance, Rules and Health and Human Resources committees.
“Whips” are traditionally charged with keeping their party’s members voting along party lines…whipping them into shape if need be. It’s a prestigious title, to be sure, but still a much weaker job than the whips of British government. Those guys have the authority to throw politicians out of their respective parties if they step too far out of line.