House Republicans on Wednesday elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy from Bakersfield as their new minority leader.
With Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco expected to be elected Speaker of the House in January, California politicians from both parties are poised to lead the lower chamber.
McCarthy, the majority leader for the past four years, defeated Tea Party-favorite Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio during a closed-door, secret-ballot election. The vote was 159 to 43.
Pelosi faces opposition from the left wing of the Democratic Party, but most political observers expect her to be elected speaker following a closed-door nominating vote on Nov. 28 and final vote on the House floor on Jan. 3.
“I’m just going to say that I will be Speaker,” Pelosi told the national politics site TheHill.com on Wednesday.