Kevin McCarthy has been ousted as speaker of the House of Representatives. Who could replace him?
That person, and the return of stability to Capitol Hill after an historic measure to take the speaker’s gavel from McCarthy, could help calm markets, analysts say. But the process of settling on a new speaker could drag out longer than markets would like.
Here are the names of a few candidates to watch:
Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican who led the charge to oust McCarthy, said he was open to supporting Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise is the No. 2 House Republican but is also undergoing treatment for blood cancer. Gaetz said that treatment wasn’t a factor in his support.
Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer is the House’s No. 3 Republican and has been mentioned by other members as a potential replacement. Some of the GOP’s hard-right faction have said Emmer would deliver more conservative results for the party, according to a Washington Post report.
Emmer is a cryptocurrency
supporter and co-chairman of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus.
Patrick McHenry, a North Carolina Republican who leads the House Financial Services Committee, is another possibility. He was one of the negotiators of the deal with the Biden administration to raise the debt ceiling — which could actually hurt him with some conservatives.
McHenry is now speaker pro tempore, or temporary speaker, until the election of a new speaker.
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is the House GOP Conference Chair, the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress. She is close to former President Donald Trump.
The fight over McCarthy’s speakership played out after lawmakers extended until Nov. 17 funding for the federal government. The move avoided a shutdown but only kicks the funding can down the road. It’s unclear how long it will take to elect a new speaker, but having the battle now keeps it distanced from a key deadline.
“From a governance standpoint, having this fight early in the government-funding window is far better than on the eve of November 17 when funding expires,” said Chris Krueger of TD Cowen, in a note.