McCarthy in line to be speaker of the house
September 25, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he is resigning, making Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Californian, the leading candidate to claim the most powerful job in Congress. [LA Times]
McCarthy’s district includes Bakersfield and most of Kern and Tulare counties. Prior to recent redistricting, he represented much of North San Luis Obispo County.
Boehner said he will resign at the end of next month. Boehner’s resignation will trigger an election of a new speaker, which McCarthy is favored to win.
However, some leading conservatives are calling for House Republicans to elect a more conservative speaker.
Last year, McCarthy moved up in rank from house majority whip to house majority leader after then-majority leader Eric Cantor lost a Virginia primary election. Cantor lost to a Tea Party candidate in the primary.
McCarthy was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2006. He became one of the quickest politicians in congressional history to achieve the rank of majority leader.
Prior to getting elected to Congress, McCarthy served in the State Assembly from 2002 to 2006. He was California’s Senate minority leader from 2004 to 2006.