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House GOP votes to keep leaders in place

House GOP votes to keep leaders in place
© Greg Nash

House Republicans held leadership elections for the next Congress on Tuesday that will largely keep their existing leaders in place following a campaign that saw the party gain seats.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future MORE (R-La.), House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE (R-Wyo.), House Policy Chairman Gary PalmerGary James PalmerAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future House GOP votes to keep leaders in place Comer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight MORE (R-Ala.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican A louder voice for women everywhere GOP sees path to House majority in 2022 MORE (R-Minn.) ran unopposed to remain in their current roles.

Scalise is expected to reappoint Rep. Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 GOP sees path to House majority in 2022 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-Ga.) to serve a second term as chief deputy whip. 

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Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonNew RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future House GOP votes to keep leaders in place This week: Clock ticks on coronavirus, government funding deals MORE (R-La.) — the current chairman of the Republican Study Committee — was elected to succeed outgoing Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerNorth Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report House GOP votes to keep leaders in place MORE (R-N.C.) as vice chairman of the House Republican Conference.

Rep. Richard HudsonRichard Lane HudsonHouse GOP votes to keep leaders in place This week: Clock ticks on coronavirus, government funding deals GOP Rep. Hudson holds on to North Carolina seat MORE (R-N.C.) was elected to succeed Rep. Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithHouse GOP votes to keep leaders in place This week: Clock ticks on coronavirus, government funding deals Second whistleblower who accused Texas AG of bribery fired from position: report MORE (R-Mo.) — who is seeking to become the top Republican on the House Budget Committee —  as Conference secretary. 

Rep. Guy ReschenthalerGuy ReschenthalerHouse GOP votes to keep leaders in place House lawmakers call for continued assistance to Lebanon Safe, responsible casino gaming supports state economies at crucial time MORE (R-Pa.), who previously served as the freshman class representative during the 116th Congress — was reelected by his class to assume the position of sophomore class representative. 

All three ran unopposed for the positions. 

The conference is scheduled to vote on changes to Conference rules and ratify the House Republican Steering Committee on Wednesday. 

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During a press conference with other newly-elected leaders, McCarthy congratulated the new members of the team and projected confidence the GOP will wield more influence over the chamber during the 117th Congress due to narrow majority 

“It's an honor to stand here today with this team supported by our colleagues to lead the Republican Conference in 117th Congress. I want to congratulate Mike Johnson, and Richard Hudson, who is new to our team in representing with the rest of our colleagues,” he said.  

"We might not be able to schedule the floor, but we will run the floor.”

The conference is scheduled to vote on changes to Conference rules and ratify the House Republican Steering Committee on Wednesday. 

This story was updated at 4:49 p.m.