Kevin McCarthy

The Short List to Replace House Speaker John Boehner

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, before a news conference by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. In a stunning move, Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatened an institutional crisis. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)With the news that House Speaker John Boehner will resign from the speakership and his congressional seat on Oct. 30, the race has begun to replace him. As Republicans start to jockey for position, several senior members of the conference jump out as immediate contenders, but none more so than Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The California Republican would be the natural choice.

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