Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Announces Candidacy For House Speaker

AP

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House Monday, just days after John Boehner said he plans to resign the seat next month.

McCarthy has been hailed as a likely successor for Boehner, who announced he would leave Congress on Friday. The five-term congressman is the fastest-rising party leader in at least a century, according to the Washington Post.

The same Tea Partiers who cheered Boehner’s demise are likely to prove a challenge for McCarthy, whose leadership record places him firmly among the more moderate members of the party.

He tweeted about the decision:

This story has been updated.

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