Kevin McCarthy of California will rise in the ranks of Republican House leadership after the caucus voted him the next majority leader. The four-term congressman will take over for Eric Cantor of Virginia next month, who lost in a shocking primary defeat last week to upstart Dave Brat.
The win by McCarthy, who had served as majority whip since 2011, is the natural line of succession within leadership. He reportedly immediately began gathering support the night of Cantor’s loss.
Idaho’s Raúl Labrador challenged McCarthy as a more conservative, outside-the-establishment alternative.
Members are expected to select McCarthy’s successor as whip later this afternoon.