California Congressman Named To No. 2 GOP Post In House

Republicans Thursday elected a California congressman to the No. 2 GOP post in the U.S. House.

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.(Jail photo)

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2014) House Republicans Thursday elected U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to succeed Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who unexpectedly lost a primary race last week.

McCarthy, 49, has been GOP whip, the No. 3 post, and his election Thursday was anticipated.

He defeated U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, a conservative who has often battled his own party leaders and said voters want change in Washington.

McCarthy came to Congress in 2007 and has climbed rapidly through his party's leadership ranks.

He's a close Cantor ally.

House Republicans elected Steve Scalise, R-La., to succeed as whip.

U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. and Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. also ran for the position.

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