Capitol Hill was abuzz this week after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) unexpectedly lost the Republican primary to continue representing the 7th Congressional District of Virginia. In short order, Rep. Cantor decided to step down from his leadership position for the duration of this Congress, effective the end of July. Intraparty contests immediately began as the race for his post, and possibly others, suddenly became realities. Current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is seeking promotion to the Leader post, but it is possible he may be challenged. The names of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) have been floated as contestants after Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) declined to run. Should Rep. McCarthy win the Majority Leader position, an election will also be held to fill his current seat of Majority Whip. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) are all vying for the Whip slot. The leadership election will be held next Thursday.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 13, 2014