- GOP Leadership Elections Next Week
- October 26, 2015
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
- The shake-up in House leadership caused by Boehner’s resignation announcement will come to a head next week. The Republican conference will meet next Thursday, October 8 to elect a new leadership slate.
Despite a misstep over Benghazi this week, and despite wariness from conservatives, current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appears to be heading to an easy election to replace Boehner as the next Speaker of the House. His only opponent - so far - is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).
The fight to replace McCarthy, should he ascend as expected to the Speakership, as House Majority Leader promises to be a more contentious and close contest. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is facing off against House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (R-Ga.).
Price has the high profile support of Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was once seen as a potential heir to Boehner, and House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). Scalise, however, is the current Whip and enjoys the support of many in the caucus.
If Scalise is elected Majority Leader it would set off another race to fill his role as Majority Whip. Scalise’s deputy Whip, Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), has indicated he would run, as well as former NRCC Chair and current rules Chair Pete Sessions (R-Texas). A third potential candidate is Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), who was first elected to Congress in 2010.