House Republicans Nominate Kevin McCarthy to Be Speaker

On Tuesday, the House Republican conference voted for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be it’s leader after the midterm elections.

  • CNN – McCarthy won 188-31 against Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, according to multiple sources in the room. It was a secret ballot, and McCarthy only needed to earn a simple majority of the conference.
  • FOX NEWS – Most of Biggs’ support came from members of the hard line House Freedom Caucus. Biggs had previously chaired the group, which counts more than two dozen House Republicans among its membership, between 2019 and 2022. 
  • NPR – “We have our work cut out for us,” McCarthy told reporters after the vote. “[We’re going to] have a small majority, we’ve got to listen to everybody in our conference.” 
  • BREITBART – The House will have to vote on making McCarthy speaker in early January, meaning that McCarthy will have to garner 218 votes within the next few months.