Former local congressman elected House majority leader
House Republicans reshaped their leadership team Thursday, promoting Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to majority leader, following the surprise primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.). McCarthy represented Paso Robles in the House prior to redistricting two years ago.
McCarthy, 49, defeated conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho to become the second-ranking House Republican behind Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.
The victory will make McCarthy, an easy-going former deli owner, the potential heir apparent to Boehner, marking a rapid rise for a Republican first elected to the House in 2006, according to The Hill.
At a press conference after the votes, McCarthy said he would make one promise: “I will work every single day to make sure this conference has the courage to lead and the wisdom to listen. And we’ll turn this country around.”
Read the full story in The Hill