Washington (CNN) – Three senior House GOP leadership sources told CNN on Monday that they are planning to add a leadership slot for a freshman member.
Two of the sources said that South Dakota's Kristi Noem has expressed interest in the leadership post and appears to have the backing of the current GOP leadership.
A source close to Noem confirms that she is interested in the leadership slot and has talked to several members of the Republican leadership about it.
Noem would have to be elected by the freshman class of Republican House members.
If she got the spot, it could help the new House Republican majority with two issues: bringing someone associated with the Tea Party movement into the leadership fold, and adding another woman.
Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who also would fit those criteria, is running for caucus chair but is not expected to beat Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who also is running.
House Republican Conference Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington is currently the only woman in the elected Republican leadership.