- Cantor’s Loss Sets Up Leadership Shuffle in House
- June 17, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
On Tuesday night, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary to an unknown and underfunded economics professor. Cantor’s loss was equivalent to a political earthquake in D.C.
On Wednesday, Cantor announced he would resign his leadership position and the jockeying to move up or into leadership began in earnest. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) both said they were considering a run to replace Cantor, but both announced on Thursday they would not run. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the number three ranking Republican in the House, is considered the prohibitive favorite. House Republicans will vote next Thursday to fill the vacant leadership positions.
This shake up comes as tensions are growing on the Hill between conservatives and members of Republican leadership. Many conservatives took Cantor’s loss as a referendum, not just on Cantor, but on the House's current leadership as a whole.
As Majority Leader, Cantor is the number two ranking Republican and his technical duties as leader include scheduling what bills go to the floor, along with the key role of devising and meshing the conference's overall political and legislative strategy.