New House Leadership Elections Coming Next Week
After his surprise announcement to resign from Congress at the end of October, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) notified House Republicans this week that new leadership elections will take place next Thursday. Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is widely expected to win the Speaker’s gavel, although Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) is also running for the top job. Less clear are the down-ballot races. Current House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is facing Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) in a battle for the Majority Leader spot, and it is possible the field of candidates could expand. Should the Whip slot open, House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) will likely contend for the post. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who considered running for Majority Leader, has decided to remain in her current leadership role as Chair of the House Republican Conference.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: October 2, 2015