Washington, DC, United States (4E) – House GOP whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was promoted to majority leader Thursday as Republican congressmen voted him to replace outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virg.).
With Cantor’s endorsement, McCarthy, 49, easily beat Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) for the post that will be vacated by July. Cantor resigned as majority leader following his defeat in the Virginia primary on June 10.
As the second-in-command of the House, McCarthy’s role is to schedule bills for consideration by the whole chamber. He will also coordinatw the legislative agenda with committee chairmen.
His role as whip, which he won in 2010, involves counting and securing votes in a divided GOP conference to pass legislation.
Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) won the House’s No. 3 post against Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), McCarthy’s former chief deputy in the whip’s office, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.).
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was not challenged in Thursday’s voting.