Democrats pick up another House seat in California with Walters concession

Aaron Brown
November 17, 2018

California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has defeated Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan for House Minority Leader in the new Congress. McCarthy now serves as House Majority Leader, which will change in January after Democrats took control of the lower chamber on Election Day.

House Republicans chose Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) for the role of House minority leader on Wednesday, and elevated Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to GOP conference chairperson. McCarthy's supporters see him as an effective strategist and fundraiser.

Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy are running for House minority leader.

In the House, a group of Democratic lawmakers are determined to ensure Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't become Speaker in January.

Fischer already serves as an informal counselor on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership team, The Hill noted.

"When I see women, and women and men of color being elected to Congress, I feel a sense of pride in America".

"Unless we want to keep on losing races then we ought to consider doing something different than what we've been doing", Perry said. Ernst is in her first term.

On the other side of the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won another term leading Republicans and Chuck Schumer of NY won for Democrats.

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California Republicans just lost their last major hope of holding onto some control in the ever-deepening blue state.

But the friendly talk papers over the infighting between the GOP's conservative and moderate flanks as lawmakers dole out blame after the midterm election losses that handed House Democrats the majority.

"I don't know how this is going to end", Senator John Cornyn said Thursday. Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer also was vying for the job as vice chair of the Senate Republican conference. In private conversations, Trump has pushed for Jordan and another close conservative ally - Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina - to have the top Republican positions on key committees, according to a source familiar. "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

The Democratic group includes a number of members-elect who saw historic victories for diversity in the USA, including Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who became the first Muslim women to be elected into Congress, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, who became the first Native American women to be elected into Congress.

Texas voters also saw former El Paso County Judge, Veronica Escobar, and state Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston defeat their Republican opponents, making history as the first Latinas elected to represent the state in the U.S. House.

Through their victory in the House, the Democrats now have effective veto power over the Trump administration's legislative initiatives.

Trump, who is close to McCarthy but also friendly with Jordan, largely stayed on the sidelines in the intraparty House contest. But since his election, he has changed course, saying instead the money must come from Congress and USA taxpayers.

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