The House Republican Conference unanimously elected Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to serve as House majority leader in the 112th Congress.

As expected, Cantor, who ran in an uncontested race, will remain at the No. 2 ranked GOP leadership position.

South Carolina Rep.-elect Tim Scott, one of two African-American newly elected Republican members, gave Cantor's nomination speech. Scott is expected to join Cantor at the leadership table as a freshman-class liaison.

The nomination was seconded by West Virginia Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.