Walden, pictured here with his mentor Sessions, right, will succeed the Texas Republican as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In a GOP with different factions, Walden is expected to be able navigate all of them.
“Members of all stripes in the conference trust him,” Todd said.
And his experience with the NRCC over the past four years appears to leave him well-qualified for the two years ahead.
That Eagle Scout badge both Walden and Sessions earned in their youth is of simple design. It has an eagle with the initials of the Boy Scouts of America; red, white, and blue fabric; and two words: Be Prepared.
After four years at Sessions’ side winning and holding a Republican majority, insiders said Walden will be.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.