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McCarthy to Lead New House GOP; McConnell, Schumer Retain Senate Posts

There were no major surprises from the first wave of leadership elections in Congress, for House and Senate Republicans and for Senate Democrats.

By NTK Staff | 11.14.2018 @2:30pm
McCarthy to Lead New House GOP; McConnell, Schumer Retain Senate Posts

With Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) retiring from Congress at the end of the year, House Republicans needed to pick a new member to lead them through their first session in the minority since 2009-2010. On Wednesday, the caucus picked Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) over Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to be the next House minority leader.

In less dramatic votes, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was tapped to be McCarthy’s number-two, the House minority whip, and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to be GOP conference chair.

Earlier in the day, the Senate GOP chose to give Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) two more years leading the upper chamber. There was no public opposition to McConnell within his 51- to 53-member caucus.

McConnell kept his thank-you tweet simple:

There are some new faces in the Senate GOP leadership, though. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) will be McConnell’s number-two, the Senate majority whip. Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) will lead the caucus’s campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) won the only contested race, to be Senate GOP conference vice chair over Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE). She thanked the caucus on Twitter.

On the Democratic side, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was elected by acclimation to lead Senate Democrats for two more years.

The acclimation itself is controversial, though, because at least one new senator appeared to break a campaign promise by supporting Schumer.

Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) told Politico in July that she’s “not going to vote for [Schumer],” in a piece titled, “The top Democratic Senate recruit who’s ditching Chuck Schumer.” According to Playbook, though, Sinema voiced no opposition to Schumer during the Senate Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday morning.

Of course, none of the above is terribly surprising. For the most dramatic congressional leadership election, stay tuned for Nancy Pelosi’s effort to be speaker again. That will play out in the coming weeks.

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