House Minority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) has emerged as one of the leading candidates to replace Kevin McCarthy as speaker after the California Republican announced his unprecedented resignation on Tuesday.
Who is Steve Scalise?
Mr. Scalise, 57, has represented Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District since 2008.
He plans to run for re-election in November 2024, and has announced his candidacy for next year’s election.
A former computer systems engineer, he first got involved in politics in the mid-1990s and served as a state representative from the Bayou State from 1995 to 2007.
Mr. Scalise was fatally shot in June 2017 by a left-wing fanatic during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game in Alexandria, Virginia.
In November 2022, the father of two was elected by his Republican colleagues to serve as House Majority Leader, the second highest leadership position in the House.
The vote behind closed doors was reportedly unanimous. According to reports.
Mr. Scalise, a former House minority and majority member, has accepted the role of majority leader, which involves keeping track of the work schedule and setting the agenda.
“We are focused on the challenges facing hardworking families, including passing legislation that will help curb inflation, lower energy costs, secure our borders, and help law enforcement officers get the tools they need.” “Our communities are safe from rampant crime,” Scalise said. said after voting.
“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and fight for struggling families as the new House Majority Leader.”
Scalise announced in August that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.
The lawmaker described the cancer as “very treatable” and said he had already started treatment, which would continue “over the next few months”.
Scalise said of how his diagnosis will affect his work on Capitol Hill, saying, “I will get through this period, return to Washington, continue my work as majority leader, and serve in the Louisiana First House of Representatives. “I’m going to serve the people of my district,” he said.
Is Scalise interested in becoming the next Speaker of the House?
It’s possible. The veteran lawmaker did not rule out seeking to replace Mr. McCarthy in response to questions from reporters on Tuesday.
“Tom is a pleasure to work with.” [Emmer] Our leadership team has a lot of work to do. However, no official announcement has been made.” Scalise said.
Since Mr. McCarthy’s ouster, Mr. Scalise has reportedly called out conservatives who oppose the former House speaker and the Republican delegations in Texas and Florida. According to Punch Bowl News – This indicates that the call is “on track”.
Who is supporting Mr. Scalise’s speakership bid?
“Steve Scalise is our leader,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) “If he wants it, I think there’s a good chance he’ll be the leader, the speaker candidate,” according to Politico. ) told reporters on Tuesday.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), who introduced the motion to remove McCarthy from office on Monday, also said he had “very high regard” for Scalise.
“I’ll probably vote for Steve Scalise,” Gaetz said Monday, adding that there are probably 100 people in the Republican caucus supporting him.
Who could challenge Mr. Scalise as a speaker?
Mr. Gates is a candidate to replace Mr. McCarthy with House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), House Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and House Budget Chair Jody Arrington (R-Texas). It is reported that the state has been named.
Rep. Troy Neals (R-Texas) announced Tuesday that he intends to nominate former President Donald Trump to be the next Speaker of the House.
“Kevin McCarthy will not run for Congress again. I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House.” Niels tweeted.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Texas), who voted to expel Mr. McCarthy, suggested Monday that Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) would also be a good speaker.
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) may also be named. Stefanik is the most senior Republican woman in Congress and an ally of Donald Trump, the front-runner in the 2024 presidential primary.
It is unclear whether any of these potential candidates will come forward.
When will we find out who the next Speaker of the House will be?
Members of Congress have been told there will be no votes for the remainder of this week.
The Republican Conference will hold a candidate forum on October 10th, and the full House election will be held on October 11th.
Members may nominate a person of their choice to chair the meeting and then take a roll call vote.
Members of the House of Representatives are not required to vote only for nominated individuals, and the winner must win by a simple majority of those who voted for the candidate (i.e., lowering the bar for support required by “current” votes) ).