House Republicans have elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California as majority leader, the No. 2 GOP leadership post.
He replaces Eric Cantor, who is stepping down from that position after his surprising primary loss last week.
McCarthy married his high school sweetheart, and plunked down money he won in a lottery to start a deli. He used those earnings to go to college before entering politics. Ref. CNN.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner, House Republicans say.
The shocking move came without warning as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select their nominee for speaker. Boehner has also postponed internal leadership elections that were supposed to start on Thursday. Ref. CNN
House GOP leader opposes bill creating Jan. 6 Capitol riot commission. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who could face a subpoena by such a panel, says several committees are already investigating the event. The House is set to vote on legislation on the commission this week. Ref. USAToday.
Kevin McCarthy wins GOP conference election as next Republican leader, clearing path to be House speaker. Although former President Donald Trump has endorsed McCarthy's bid for speaker, some GOP hardliners are wary of the California Republican. The official vote for Speaker won’t take place until a new Congress is sworn in Jan. 3. Source 1u.
Will Kevin McCarthy be voted as House speaker? A battle between the "Never Kevins" and "Only Kevins" is shaping up ahead of Tuesday's vote to the elect the next House speaker. Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Monday predicted "A good day tomorrow," indicating he thinks the "Only Kevins" are winning in his bid for House speaker. But there are more than a dozen members within his Republican Party who say they are voting against him, raising concerns or remaining on the fence about whether to support him. Source 9y.
The House speaker's gavel is now held by a Republican. What to know about the new Congress and its priorities. Kevin McCarthy, who triumphed in a contentious, historic floor nomination battle to become the next House speaker, has made clear in the weeks since the Nov. 8 election that Democrats would no longer have one-party rule of Washington. Partisan gridlock could bring President Joe Biden's agenda to a crawl, if not a full stop. Source 1w.
McCarthy has to be really desperate to go through this process 15 times and make ridiculous concessions but what can you expect from someone that still praises Trump. *rolleyes*.
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