The 2020 race for House Speaker has heated up since nine Republicans have so far announced that they are running for the position. Those vying for Speaker of the House of Representatives are Representatives Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Randy Weber (R-TX), Jim Banks (R-IN), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the leader of the lower chamber of Congress and is third in line in the Presidential line of succession. The House Speaker is elected after each new Congress is sworn in and serves as a crucial bridge between the President and the House of Representatives.
The future of the House Speaker’s position is uncertain as the November elections draw nearer. In the event of a Democratic House majority, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is likely to remain in the position. Republican control of the House opens the door for a new speaker to emerge from the roster of candidates.
Mick Mulvaney, the former White House chief of staff, has been vocal in his support for his candidacy. In recent months, he has garnered endorsements from both Republican members of Congress and from powerful interest groups such as the Republican Jewish Coalition. Mulvaney’s supporters hope his dynamic experience in Washington D.C. will be a boon for his campaign.
Steve Scalise, the current GOP Whip, is also vying for the Speaker of the House title. His impressive track record of gathering members of his party and of working with Melania Trump have been attractive to those who wish to further the GOP agenda.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is one of the most visible of the speakership candidates due to his influential role as House minority leader. His strong support base in California and experience in House leadership make him a formidable candidate.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is the longest standing female member of the House and one of the most successful leadership hopefuls so far. Her policy positions on key issues are popular among moderates, making her a viable contender for House Speaker.
Liz Cheney (R-WY) is another top choice for the speakership. As an influential GOP leader, Cheney has managed to sway the opinions of traditional conservatives, making her a favorite among House Republicans.
Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) has thrown his hat in the race for Speaker. Weber brings his experience in the oil and gas industry to the table, which may help him make the case for policies that could lead to the further growth of the oil industry.
Jim Banks (R-IN) is an up and coming voice in House Republican leadership. His vocal opposition to President Trump during his reelection campaign was an unusual move for a House Republican, making him stand out as a fresh face in the party.
Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has impressed members of her party with her recent bipartisan initiatives. Her success in organizing her colleagues on both sides of the aisle also makes her an attractive candidate for the speakership.
Lastly, Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has recently declared his candidacy for Speaker of the House. Kinzinger’s views on foreign policy and national security are popular among members of both parties, giving him a good chance of becoming the next Speaker of the House.
As the race for House Speaker heats up, the future of the nation’s highest legislative chamber is becoming increasingly uncertain. Every candidate brings a unique set of qualities to the table, making for an exciting competition for the lone Speaker of the House.