Kevin McCarthy was nominated to be Speaker of the House by Republicans in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. McCarthy faced a challenge from conservative Congressman Andy Biggs, who is a former chair of the House Freedom Caucus.
According to reports, McCarthy won 188-31.
While the margin was overwhelming, it is more than enough to prevent McCarthy from becoming Speaker. McCarthy must receive at least 218 votes if it is a fully sworn-in House on Jan. 3.
Congresswoman Ashley Hinson said that McCarthy put in the work to secure the GOP majority and as Speaker will ensure the GOP delivers on the promises made to hold the Biden Administration accountable, fix the economy and protect our freedoms.
“Under his leadership, we will get our country back on track,” Hinson said.
Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks tweeted out congratulations to McCarthy.
“I’m confident in our new House leadership,” she said. “I look forward to working together to deliver our Commitment to America.”