House Republicans to hold leadership elections today

House Republicans to hold leadership elections today

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Photo courtesy of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's social media feed.

WASHINGTON – A week after having been voted out of power, House Republicans are set to hold leadership elections.

Below is a snapshot of some of those races:

Minority Leader: 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) faces a long-shot challenge from Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio).

McCarthy, 53, has served in Congress since 2007. He has served as the No. 2 House Republican since 2014.

McCarthy was well-positioned to become speaker had Republicans maintained control of the lower chamber. McCarthy had the endorsement of retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) as well as that of most rank-and-file House GOP leaders.

Pundits say McCarthy will easily be elected minority leader.

Jordan, 54, has served in Congress since 2007. He is considered one of the most conservative members of the House.

Jordan and Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows (N.C.) have at times used their leverage to thwart initiatives supported by House GOP leaders.

Earlier this year Freedom Caucus members voted with Democrats to help defeat an $868 billion farm bill.

The group held the legislation hostage until demands for a vote on a immigration reform bill were met. The farm bill later passed by a slim margin.

Like, McCarthy, Jordan planned to run for speaker if Republicans kept their majority.

Minority Whip: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) is running for the position and does not have a challenger.

Scalise, 54, has served in Congress since 2008. He has served as the No. 3 House Republican since 2014.

Scalise nearly died after having been shot at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va last year. He underwent several surgeries and blood transfusions before being released from the hospital.

Pundits expected Scalise to mount a bid for speaker but he instead endorsed McCarthy for the position.

Republican Conference Chair: Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is expected to succeed outgoing chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.).

Cheney, 52, has served in Congress since 2017. She is the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Senate Republicans also will hold leadership elections today.

Sen. John Thune (S.D.) is expected to succeed Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) as majority whip.

Cornyn has served in that position since 2015 and is term-limited.

Republicans held on to their majority in the Senate during last week’s mid-term elections.

House Democrats are expected to hold leadership elections on Nov. 28.

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