House Republicans on Thursday chose Rep. Don Bratton of Hobbs to be the party whip, House GOP Leader Tom Taylor of Farmington said.
Bratton, an engineer, was elected to his sixth term in the Legislature.
He defeated Rep. Jimmie Hall of Albuquerque for the whip position — the number two position in the Republican caucus.
Bratton will replace Rep. Keith Gardner of Roswell. Gardner recently was chosen by Gov.-elect Susana Martinez to be her chief of staff.