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Five People Who Could Replace Paul Ryan

The speaker announced his retirement on Wednesday, leaving GOP leadership in the House of Representative up for grabs.

By NTK Staff | 04.12.2018 @8:00am
Five People Who Could Replace Paul Ryan

With Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) retiring after this congressional session, the door is wide open for a new leader to take control of the GOP delegation in the House of Representatives in 2019.

Here are five possible replacements.

Kevin McCarthy: The majority leader, as the number-two Republican in the House, is probably the most likely replacement for Paul Ryan. McCarthy was an early supporter of President Trump in the 2016 primaries, and that could get him an endorsement from the leader of his party.

Steve Scalise: Still recovering from the 2017 congressional baseball shooting, Scalise could make a run for speaker. As the current majority whip, Scalise would have to leapfrog McCarthy in Republican ranks to take control of the party. But his experience as whip could help with that effort.

Liz Cheney: A first-term representative and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The Wyoming Republican has made herself a strong ally of President Trump in the House and is a leader among her colleagues according to sources. She backed the president’s health care reforms, called for an investigation into anti-Trump subversives in the judicial system, and stood by Trump during the most tumultuous periods of his campaign.

Patrick McHenry: Once the youngest member of Congress, McHenry has risen to become the third-ranking Republican in the caucus, excluding Ryan. With the speaker’s departure, he will almost assuredly continue his rise in D.C. Will that ascent take him to leading the entire House GOP caucus?

Mark Meadows: The House Freedom Caucus (HFC) successfully deposed Speaker John Boehner in 2015, but they failed to install one of their own in the position. Meadows, now the HFC chair, has worked well with both Ryan and the president to pass Republican priorities, but he has indicated that he is not interested in seeking the post.

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