McCarthy Prevails In Bid For Minority Leader Job

Rep. Kevin McCarthy handily defeated Rep. Jim Jordan in a battle over who would lead the new Republican minority in the House. McCarthy, a California Republican favored by retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, delivered an old fashioned whooping to Ohio’s Jordan—159-43—to become the next minority leader. Most of the other leadership elections went as thought—Steve Scalise of Louisiana was named minority whip and Liz Cheney (Dick Cheney’s daughter) of Wyoming became the GOP Conference Chair.