Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and John B. Larson of Connecticut form a trio of homeless leaders. With Pelosi in place, there is no obvious leadership slot for any of them, though predicting where they would end up if Pelosi departed is complicated.
Van Hollen is thought of as a leading contender to be Pelosiís favored successor, although the climb would be steep for him to contend with Hoyer. There is also chatter in his home state of Maryland that he could become director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has spoken to members about filling an assistant leader slot, but Clyburn is in that job now.
Larson is waiting for Pelosi, but members sometimes speculate he could mount an uphill challenge to Hoyer.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.