Cantor Will Resign Majority Leader Post At End Of July

Cantor Will Resign Majority Leader Post At End Of July
(Washington, DC) -- Eric Cantor will resign his post as House Majority Leader at the end of July. The Virginia Republican was stunned in a primary loss this week and will be out of Congress at year's end. The events have set off a leadership scramble in the House Republican caucus. Republicans will gather in a closed meeting late today to discuss how to move forward. In the Virginia primary election, Cantor was upended by political novice and Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Cantor was thought to have been a logical successor to GOP House Speaker John Boehner if Boehner steps down in the next couple of years.
Top prospects for Majority Leader include California's Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Whip. That's the number three post in the House GOP caucus. Other prospects include Washington state's Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Texan Jeb Hensarling . Hensarling chairs the House Financial Services Committee. McMorris Rodgers chairs the Republican Conference, the fourth highest ranking post in the House. She is also the highest ranking Republican woman in the House.
Illinois Republican Peter Roskam and Texan Pete Sessions are also thought to be interested. Roskam is the Chief Deputy Whip of the House. Sessions chairs the Rules Committee. Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan was considered a possibility for Majority Leader but he put out a statement that he is not interested. Wisconsin's Ryan was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012.