So, does he get to carry an actual whip?

That's unclear, but in any event, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Tuesday was named one of several Republican deputy whips in the Senate.

The selections were made by Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., the Washington Examiner reports.

Gardner has been a deputy whip since he joined the Senate in 2015 and previously was a House whip when he was the 4th Congressional District representative, a spokesman says.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, was named chief deputy whip. Besides Gardner, the new deputy whips include Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Rob Portman of Ohio, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Todd Young of Indiana.

And there's one more name that might come as a surprise given that he's been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump recently: Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

As WEX reports:

Thune selected Romney despite some pushback from GOP senators unhappy he launched his Senate career with an attack on the president. Romney penned a scathing New Year's Day op-ed in the Washington Post, arguing Trump’s behavior during the past two years in the White House “is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

Romney backtracked slightly in later interviews about the op-ed. Trump, meanwhile, called on Romney to serve as "a team player" in the Senate.

Now Romney's on the whip team.

Whips are supposed to have a role in keeping caucus members in line on important votes.

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