Aug 18, 2014 20:04 Our Views: Quick rise for Scalise Our Views: Quick rise for Scalise Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, speaks during the Baton Rouge Press Club's weekly luncheon Monday. Advocate story Aug. 18, 2014 Comments It has been a quick rise up the political ladder for Steve Scalise, the Jefferson congressman who will today become the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. As majority whip, Scalise — first elected from his largely Jefferson Parish and Northshore district in 2008 — has a seat at the leadership table. That’s important to Louisiana, certainly, in boosting the influence of the state’s delegation. In the past, that clout has been accrued by long-serving members in the House; today, Louisiana’s delegation is relatively junior in years of service. And if it is a rapid rise for Scalise, he was a veteran of the Louisiana House before running for Congress. He knows how to be a legislator. He steps up to whip under extraordinary circumstances: The defeat of the GOP leader in a primary election allowed the previous whip to move up, opening an opportunity for Scalise. It’s a big step, and we congratulate Scalise on his new post.