Members of Congress met this week to consider their leaders in the next session of Congress. The top players will remain the same: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Among the key deputy changes, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will take over for retiring Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as the Republican Whip, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) in turn will slide into Cornyn’s former post heading the Senate GOP’s campaign committee. In addition, in a hotly contested battle for Chair of the House Republican Conference, the fourth-highest House GOP leadership post, Rep. Catherine McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) prevailed over Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). While the rumored departure of Rep. Pelosi would have set off a number of dominos, her intention to remain the top House Democrat means that the most powerful leadership posts among both House and Senate Democrats will likely remain the same.
In the weeks ahead, both parties will also decide committee makeup, so stay tuned.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations
Published: November 16, 2012