Pelosi Will Remain as House Democratic Leader


House Republicans will vote at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the Ways and Means committee room to select their leadership team. If all goes as expected, John Boehner will return as speaker, Eric Cantor returns as majority leader, Kevin McCarthy as majority whip.

In a race for the fourth-ranked spot at the leadership table, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the current vice chair of the House Republican Conference, is pitted against the current Policy Committee chairman, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia. McMorris Rodgers has earned the support of most of the current GOP leadership team aside from the lawmaker she is looking to replace – Jeb Hensarling. Price's best surrogate is Budget chairman Paul Ryan, who circulated a letter of support for his budget colleague, who the former vice presidential nominee describes as "uniquely qualified for the job." If McMorris Rodgers wins, she'll remain the top-ranked woman in Republican leadership.

If she loses, that title will fall to either Lynn Jenkins or Martha Roby, who are running against each other for vice chair of the Republican conference. Roby's office is confident, and says the response to her pursuit has been tremendous.

There is also a race for Secretary of Republican Conference between Reps. Jeff Denham and Virginia Foxx.

Rep. Greg Walden, who has served as deputy chairman at the NRCC the past four years, is poised to take over as chairman there. Walden just won an eighth term in the House, and also previously served as chairman of the House Majority Transition Committee when Boehner and the Republicans rode the Tea Party wave to the majority in 2010.

Reps. Steve Scalise and Tom Graves are both battling for the chairmanship at the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus outside the full conference. Rep. Jim Jordan, the current chairman, is term limited. Members of the RSC will vote via secret ballot for their leadership on Nov. 15.

At the Republican Policy committee, where Price is currently the chairman, freshman Republican James Lankford is thought to be in the best position to take over.

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