Roy Blunt
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"Roy Dean Blunt" is the junior United States Senate/United States Senator from Missouri, in office since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party (United States)/Republican Party.

Blunt served as the United States House of Representatives/United States Representative from from 1997 to 2011. The district contains most of Southwest Missouri, anchored in the city of Springfield, Missouri/Springfield, as well as cities such as Joplin, Missouri/Joplin, Carthage, Missouri/Carthage, and Neosho, Missouri/Neosho. The popular tourist destination of Branson, Missouri/Branson also lies in the district. In January 2011, Blunt was succeeded in the House by Billy Long.

Blunt was the Minority Whip of the United States House of Representatives/House Minority Whip during the 110th United States Congress/110th Congress but after the United States general elections, 2008/2008 general elections announced that he would step down from the position. After House Majority Leader Tom DeLay stepped down upon criminal indictment in Texas, Blunt served as interim House Majority Leader from September 29, 2005, to February 2, 2006, when John Boehner of Ohio was elected as DeLay's permanent replacement. In 2011, Blunt was elected Republican Conference Vice-Chair of the United States Senate/vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

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I don't see any wavering of the support for the leader. I think a lot of members think he's taking arrows for all of us.

What we do here is more important than who we are. We have an agenda to move forward here.

It's not easy to fill the gap, ... I think, largely because of his effectiveness as a leader, he became a target.

It's not easy to fill the gap left by Tom DeLay but all of our team is going to come together like we've never come together before.

I think largely because of his effectiveness as a leader, [DeLay] became a target, ... We all believe that he'll return once this indictment is out of the way. That's what the rules call for.

Despair has been your lot for 60 years, ... but today we can say farewell with courage and with the knowledge that the fate of our fellow citizens has finally been discovered.

Even a bill designed to cut gas prices probably needed more time.

Tom DeLay will stay as leader, ... Meet the Press.

We all believe that he (DeLay) will return once this indictment is out of the way, and be the leader again.