Bakersfield congressman announces decision in statement on Monday
Congressman Kevin McCarthy ended three days of silence and speculation Monday when he announced he is election as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In a statement released at midday, McCarthy told his Republican colleagues in Congress that he will champion republican causes but also work to unite factions.
“If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people,” McCarthy wrote. “But we will also have the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together.”
McCarthy, currently the House majority leader, wants to replace Congressman John Boehner, who announced his resignation on Friday.
The Speaker is elected by the entire Congress, but the majority party candidate is nearly always elected speaker.
In his statement, McCarthy indicated he had been talking with his fellow Republicans since Boehner's surprise announcement.
“Over the past weekend, I reached out to every one of you to listen to your opinions and ask for your advice,” McCarthy said.”
McCarthy was elected to Congress in 2006, succeeding his mentor, Bill Thomas.
He immediately began taking important posts in the House republican delegation.
McCarthy was chief deputy whip from 2009 to 2011, and House majority whip from 2011 until August 2014 when he replaced EricCantor