GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield Elected House Majority Leader

GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield Elected House Majority Leader

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor.
        House Republicans on Thursday elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California to replace Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia as House majority leader, following Cantor's stunning primary defeat last week to a conservative challenger.
        McCarthy emerged as the favorite to replace Cantor shortly after Cantor announced he would step down as majority leader in July, months before his term expires.
        As majority leader, McCarthy is now the second-ranking Republican in the House, behind Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
        The majority leader is responsible for operational decisions such as when the House will be in session and what bills make it to the House floor.
        The majority leader must also often negotiate with Democrats, leaving the Republican in that role vulnerable to criticism from the right, as Cantor learned the hard way. McCarthy is a reliable conservative but has taken a more moderate stance on immigration reform.
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