House Republican Conference

Why So Few House Republican Leadership Races Are Contested
Five of the seven House GOP leadership positions are solo affairs

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, arrives for the House Republican leadership candidate forum in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Jordan is running for minority leader, one of only two contested leadership elections in the House Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans on Wednesday are poised to elect their leadership team for the 116th Congress with little drama. Only the top and bottom slots of their seven elected positions are being contested despite the party losing more than 30 seats and its majority in the midterms.  

At the top, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy is expected to easily defeat Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for minority leader.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Not Running for Leadership
Washington Republican will instead seek ranking member subcommittee post on Energy and Commerce

Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, has decided not to run for re-election to her leadership position. Instead, she’ll seek a ranking member subcommittee post on the Energy and Commerce Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has decided not to run for re-election to her leadership position and will instead seek a ranking member subcommittee post on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

McMorris Rodgers had wanted to move up in leadership and was eying the whip position had Republicans won the majority. But since Republicans lost and she did not want to challenge Steve Scalise, she decided to pursue a committee leadership slot rather than seek a fourth term as head of the Republican Conference, according to source familiar with her thinking.

Analysis: Leadership Race Not Over Despite Scalise Declining to Challenge McCarthy
McCarthy still needs to shore up support from conservatives, GOP candidates

From left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., are presenting a united front for now about the future leadership lineup. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican leaders made moves Thursday to give the appearance that there won’t be any infighting about who should replace retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan as head of the conference. Don’t be fooled.

The race to replace Ryan is not over — unless Republicans lose the majority in November. In that scenario, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would have the insider track to being elected minority leader since it would only require a simple majority vote of the GOP conference.

Doug Collins Enters Race for GOP Conference Vice Chairman
Current vice chairwoman Lynn Jenkins will not seek re-election

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins is running for vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins has entered the race for the House Republican Conference vice chairmanship, creating a contest for the No. 5 spot in GOP leadership.

“As a leader who initiates crucial conversations and commits to hard votes, I am equipped to increase the unity within our party and across our nation,” Collins said in a pitch to colleagues.

Bill Flores Running for Vice Chair of GOP Conference
Current Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins has not announced whether she'll run again

Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, announced that he is running for vice chair of the House Republican Conference. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores told Roll Call Wednesday that he plans to run for vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. 

“I have informed several members of that choice,” Flores said, noting he planned to make a formal announcement to members later Wednesday.

House Republicans Really Love Chick-fil-A
GOP conference has spent $32,400 there so far this Congress

Chick-fil-A is the restaurant of choice for House Republicans. (Courtesy J.Reed/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Have a fixin’ for some chicken?

House Republicans seem to, as evidenced by the thousands of dollars the conference has spent at Chick-fil-A during the 114th Congress.

Ryan Faces Competing GOP Interests in September Session
Government funding, IRS impeachment part of his intraparty balancing act

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, seen leaving for the August recess, has to manage a fractious Republican caucus while trying to minimize losses in the upcoming elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

September will be a crucial month in determining how Speaker Paul D. Ryan manages competing interests within the House Republican conference. It's an ongoing balancing act that is expected to become more delicate amid a government funding deadline and the culmination of an election cycle in which the GOP is trying to avoid big losses.

Ryan is nearing the end of his first year as speaker, a marker at which lawmakers and observers will start to more closely examine the Wisconsin Republican’s leadership accomplishments and style, and assess whether he is the best person to lead the fractious GOP conference going forward.

Trump Rallies House Republicans, Soothes Nerves
Thursday meeting was part pep rally, part question time, members say

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves as he leaves his meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With less than two weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump met Thursday with House Republicans, some of whom are still anxious about his tone as the presumptive GOP nominee.  

But many members said they left the closed-door meeting at the Capitol Hill Club with a good feeling.  

GOP Convention Taps Pam Stevens
House GOP media affairs director will serve in similar role in Cleveland

Pam Stevens is on leave from her job with the Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pam Stevens is a political veteran and the Republican National Committee is taking advantage of it, picking her to direct media affairs for the party convention .  

Stevens is in Cleveland on leave from her Hill job until Aug. 1. She has been the director of media affairs and strategic initiatives for the House Republican Conference since 2013.  

McConnell to Visit House for 'Open Mic' Session

Ryan and McConnell head to lunch. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call)

In a bid to improve bicameral relations, Speaker Paul D. Ryan has invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to speak with the House Republicans the week of Nov. 16. "I've invited Leader McConnell to come over to our House Republican Conference and to address our conference and to enjoy what we call open mic period," Ryan said. "He took me up on my invitation so he should be coming and speaking with our conference when we return from this district work period."  

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