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U.S. House Republican Leadership

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From 1995 to 2007, and again beginning with the 112th Congress in 2011, the Republican party enjoyed the (for them) historically rare status of holding the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Below you will find information on current and past Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.
 
 

 

Speaker of the House-- Ryan Paul (R-Wisconsin 1st District)-Became Speaker in October, 2015, upon the resignation of John Bohner. He has represented Wisconsin in the House since 1999.

House Majority Leader - Kevin McCarthy (R-California 23rd District)-Has been Majority Leader since 2014. Has represented California in the House since 2007.

House Majority Whip- Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana 1st District)-Has been Majority Whip since 2014 and has been in the House since 2008.

 

 

 Boehner and Cantor

former House Republican leaders, Boehner and Cantor

Former Speaker of the House-- John Boehner (R-Ohio-8th District)--Majority Leader from 2002 to September 28, 2005. Became Speaker in January, 2011 and held that post until October of 2015.

--Elected as the Majority Leader in 2006

--He was first elected to Congress in 1998

--Bohner's Speaker of the House website: http://speaker.gov/

--Bohner's Official House website

House Majority Leader --Eric Cantor (R-Virginia 7th District) --Elected as the Republican Whip in December, 2008. Cantor served as Deputy Whip from 2002 to 2008. First elected to the House in 2000.

--Eric Cantor's Official House website

Majority Whip --Kevin McCarthy (R-California 22nd District) -

--Kevin McCarthy's Official House Website--

Web site for the House Republican Conference

 

 

 

 

House Republican Leadership Prior to the 112th Congress where Republicans gained the majority following the 2010 midterm elections. 

Minority Leader-- John Boehner (R-Ohio-8th District)--Majority Leader from 2002 to September 28, 2005. Currently serves as House Minority Leader

--Elected as the Majority Leader in 2006

--He was first elected to Congress in 1998

--Bohner's leadership website: Majorityleader.gov

--Bohner's Official House website

 

House Minority Whip--Eric Cantor (R-Virginia 7th District) --Elected as the Republican Whip in December, 2008. Cantor served as Deputy Whip from 2002 to 2008. First elected to the House in 2000.

--Official House website

 

 

 

Deputy Minority Whip--Kevin McCarthy (R-California 22nd District)----Deputy Whip beginning in 2009

 

 

Previous Republican Leaders:

Former Speaker of the House--Dennis "Denny" Hastert (R-Illinois)--Speaker from January 6, 1999 to January 3, 2007. First elected to the House in 1986. Hastert resigned his seat in 2007. Hastert has the distinction of serving as Speaker longer than any prior Republican.

Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)--Republican Whip from 2002 to 2008. Blunt was first elected to Congress in 1996, and took office in January of 1997. Official House website biography. **Blunt became the interim, or temporary Majority Leader following Tom DeLay's indictment on conspiracy charges on Septmember 28, 2005.

 House Leadership WWW Services--The House of Representatives website's leadership page.  

**The term "whip" comes from an old English expression used in the fox hunt where the "whipper in" was charged with keeping the dogs together in pursuit of the prize  

 

Links and Resources on House Republican Leadership:

 

Hillsource: Home page for the House Republican Conference

House Republican Leadership website

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