Who will replace House Speaker Paul Ryan?

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

On Thursday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said he would not run against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) if McCarthy runs to replace Paul Ryan (R-WI) as House Speaker.

"Right now, we all need to be focused on getting our job done, getting our economy back on track, working with [President] Trump to continue on the progress we've made, and then make sure we hold the majority", said Scalise in a statement.

That's why some - including John Gizzi of Newsmax - think Majority whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, is next in line after Ryan.

When Paul Ryan announced yesterday that he was not seeking re-election to the House seat he's held since first being elected in 1998, he made it clear that he meant to stay on board as Speaker of the House through the end of the current term of Congress. While Ryan is vowing to stay as House speaker through the end of the year, he may find that he has limited ability as a lame duck to rally the conference around his deputy, who ran for the job in 2015 and dropped out because he didn't have enough support.

It appears at this point as though the next leader won't be chosen until after the November election.

"Scalise for speaker, he would be a good one", Kennedy said.


Collins said if Scalise, now No. 3 in the GOP House leadership, were to ascend to the House Speaker's position, Louisiana would benefit.

Multiple House Republicans - conservative and moderate - cautioned Thursday the GOP leadership race needs to be open, and that Ryan should not presume to pick his successor.

"I have great confidence in this leadership team", he said. Members need certainty and they don't want to operate until November in a climate where every move from every member of leadership is viewed through the prism of jostling for the speakership.

Noble as it is for Ryan not to run off, rank and file House Republicans likely will force his hand to step down much sooner than that, Axios reports. But others said the race could stretch until after the election clarifies the number, ideology and mood of House Republicans.

And an hour after Ryan said he will retire from the Congress in January, Republican Congressman Dennis Ross of Florida also announced that he will not seek re-election.

An early look at the Republicans who could take the speaker's place.

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