California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has defeated Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan for House Minority Leader in the new Congress. McCarthy currently serves as House Majority Leader, which will change in January after Democrats took control of the lower chamber on Election Day.
MCCARTHY wins 159, Jim Jordan 43.— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) November 14, 2018
Last week Jordan, a member of the Freedom Caucus, announced he would run against McCarthy for the position.
NEWS: @realDonaldTrump? is trying to play peacemaker btw ?@GOPLeader? & ?@Jim_Jordan?, asking them to cut a deal of some sort. Has lit up the rumor mill that Trump is pushing Jordan to be his top Judiciary defender, the position Jordan wants https://t.co/2VKm1I7tdZ— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) November 14, 2018
With McCarthy's win, Jordan is reportedly in line to be the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
NEW: Trump has nudged Kevin McCarthy to make JIM JORDAN the top Republican in the Judiciary Committee — which would put Trump’s fiercest loyalist in position to defend him against investigations and impeachment.https://t.co/VMyDNDqp8U— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 14, 2018
In the wake of Democrat control, McCarthy is being praised for his pro-life principles.
“Congressman Kevin McCarthy is a great friend to the pro-life movement and we congratulate him on his election to serve as House Minority Leader,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser released in a statement. “Congressman McCarthy is one of the foremost champions of ‘Micah’s Law,’ compassionate, popular legislation to stop painful late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy, which passed with overwhelming support in the House last year under his leadership. Having a strong pro-life ally like McCarthy in this key position will be important to safeguarding pro-life policies that will come under attack by pro-abortion House Democrats who seek abortion on demand, funded by the taxpayers. We congratulate Leader McCarthy and look forward to continuing to work together to advance the pro-life cause in the U.S. House.”