Speculating on the Next Speaker of the House


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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Barbara Comstock.

Price and Comstock speculate on the future of the US House of Representatives after the ouster of Speaker McCarthy. Comstock, a former member of Congress and one who has worked with many in the conversations, discussed many different scenarios.
In a historic turn of events, Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been removed from his position as House speaker, prompting the GOP-controlled lower chamber to initiate a new election for the role. Patrick McHenry, currently serving as speaker pro tempore, announced plans for a candidates’ forum and the election of a new speaker next week. The House is in recess to allow both the Republican conference and Democratic caucus to discuss the way forward.While the successor to McCarthy remains uncertain, some names have surfaced as potential candidates. Notably, McCarthy has stated he will not seek re-election. The ultimate decision lies with the fractured Republican conference, as Democrats are expected to uniformly oppose any Republican candidate.One contender has already entered the race: Steve Scalise. As the current majority leader, Scalise holds the second-highest Republican position in the House. His potential election would trigger a reshuffling of GOP leadership roles. Scalise, representing Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District, has ascended through Republican leadership ranks over the years. Despite a recent diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a treatable blood cancer, Scalise remains optimistic about his health. Noteworthy endorsements for Scalise have come from Majority Whip Tom Emmer and Rep. Matt Gaetz, who orchestrated McCarthy’s removal.Another contender is Jim Jordan. Jordan chairs the House Judiciary Committee and the Weaponization of the Federal Government Select Subcommittee. He announced his candidacy for speaker. Elected in 2006 to represent Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, Jordan co-founded and led the House Freedom Caucus, known for its conservative stance. Jordan, at times a vocal critic of GOP leadership, previously ran for speaker in 2018. He emerged as an alternative candidate for speaker at the beginning of the current Congress.A third potential candidate is Kevin Hern. Elected to represent Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District in 2018, Hern leads the 176-member Republican Study Committee, a conservative faction within the House GOP. Like Jordan, Hern gained support from Republicans who opposed McCarthy during previous speaker elections.While Hern is seriously considering a run, no formal decision has been made. Rep. Gaetz has listed Hern among Republicans he could support for the speakership, alongside Scalise, Emmer, Rep. Jodey Arrington of Texas, and Mike Johnson of Louisiana. The upcoming election is poised to shape the direction of the House leadership, as the GOP charts its course in this new chapter.

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Barbara represented Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, was a senior appointee in the Justice Department, and worked as a Congressional aide. Her election marked her as the first woman elected to that seat. She was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers” in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

According to a statement from Ms. Comstock, “During her time in Congress, Barbara was a leader on technology and cybersecurity issues, chairing the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology subcommittee, as well as serving on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Her legislative achievements include passing legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM, as well as expanding research in the technology space. Barbara also was the leader on anti-sexual harassment legislation in Congress, and legislation to tackle the opioid crisis and gang crime. She partnered with Senator McCain to reauthorize multi-year firefighter grants to increase innovation and public safety. While in Congress, Barbara was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to chair a subcommittee.”

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