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.