Congress: A Future Speaker?

A Future Speaker?

The dictionary definition of whip (to lash, pull, jerk, snatch) is a fair description of the job to which House Democrats last week elected Michigan's David Bonior. As majority whip, the bearded, low-key Bonior, 46, is now responsible for counting heads prior to key votes and twisting the arms of Democrats who stray from the party fold. The eight-term Congressman also becomes the third-ranking House Democrat, replacing Pennsylvania's William Gray on the House escalator that often leads to the jobs of majority leader and then Speaker. Gray resigned last month to head up the United Negro College Fund.

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