House GOP Leadership Elections: A Preview

Yes, President-Elect Donald Trump has already been elected to serve as Commander-in-Chief, but in the House of Representatives, GOP members are also selecting leaders to serve. Here’s the breakdown of the positions they’ll be voting on:

Speaker of the House


Current: Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Job Description: The Speaker of the House is the highest-ranking office a public official can hold behind President and Vice President. The Speaker acts as the leader of the House and combines several roles: the institutional role of presiding officer and administrative head of the House, the role of leader of the majority party in the House, and the representative role of an elected member of the House.

FUN FACT:  Speaker Paul Ryan, a 45-year-old Wisconsin Republican, is the youngest speaker to serve since James Blaine won the office in 1869.

Majority Leader


Current: Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

Job Description: The Majority/Minority Leader (in our case, “majority” since Republicans currently hold a majority of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives) manages the day-to-day legislative business on the floor. If you’re curious to see what we’re voting on each week, you can find legislative updates here.

FUN FACT:  Kevin Spacey shadowed Rep. Kevin McCarthy for his role in House of Cards even though Spacey was actually casted to play the Majority Whip. Which brings us to the next position being voted on tomorrow…

House Majority Whip


Current: Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA)

Job Description: The job of the Majority Whip, is to “whip” — or count — votes from members in their respective conference. In other words, it’s the Whip’s job to make sure the Conference is all on the same page when it comes time to vote on the floor. Once again, if Republicans didn’t hold a majority of the seats of the U.S. House of Representatives, this position would be called the MINORITY Whip. Make sense? Good.

FUN FACT:  The term “whip” comes from a fox-hunting expression–”whipper-in”–referring to the member of the hunting team responsible for keeping the dogs from straying from the team during a chase.

House Republican Conference Chair


Current: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Job Description: The House Republican Conference Chair is responsible for making sure members meet on a regular basis and serves as a support system for House Republican members.  The Conference Chair hosts regular meetings with House Republicans where they  discuss the shared vision (policy and message) of our Conference.

FUN FACT: McMorris Rodgers is the second woman to serve as House Republican Conference Chair.

Other positions: The Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Chair of the Committee on Policy, the Vice-Chair of the Republican Conference, and the Secretary of the Republican Conference.

So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about tomorrow’s elections. Be sure to follow along tomorrow on Twitter and Facebook to see the results of the election in real time and sign up for more updates from House Republicans.