Last Friday,  John Boehner of Ohio stepped down as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. First elected to Congress in 1990, Boehner has served as the Speaker of the House since January 2001. His resignation comes amid anger from his own party for his actions, or inactions, within the House. With his resignation still warm, Republicans are already clamoring to push their favorites into the Speakership. So, who is going to be the next Speaker of the House, you ask? And what about the House Majority Leader?  As of right now, we’ve got some options for both, let us introduce you to them.

Kevin McCarthy


Considered as the early favorite for the job, McCarthy is the sitting House Majority Leader from a very blue state of California. In 2014, McCarthy took over the Leadership from Eric Cantor, who lost his Virginia primary election. He and his wife, Judy, have two children and the Leader is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield. During his resignation, Boehner indicated that McCarthy is his preferred successor.  McCarthy opposes amnesty and is the sponsor of the SPACE Act of 2015.

Daniel Webster


A Republican from Florida, Webster is the main challenger to McCarthy. He formerly served as the Speaker of the House in Florida, and ran against Boehner for the Speakership at the beginning of this Congress. He was unsuccessful in that attempt, of course, but fought a noble fight that nearly cost Boehner the position. Webster has stated to Breitbart News that he wants to push the power away from the Speaker and to the American people. Webster is a 66 year old father of 6, who attended Georgia Institute of Technology.  His number one policy, according to his website, is to “Tackle Washington’s spending habit.”

Steve Scalise


Scalise is a Republican representative from Louisana, who has been very successful in vote counting in the past year. Scalise is 49, married since 2005, and has two childen. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University. On the issues, he is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, thinks the current tax code is hurting Americans, and believes that “Congress must do more to expand access to high quality, affordable health care to all Americans.” Scalise could ascend as House Majority Leader if McCarthy is elected Speaker.

Trey Gowdy


Representing the 4th district of South Carolina, Gowd is aTea Party representative that has been in Congress since 2011. He and his wife Terri have two children. On the issues, he is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and changing the tax and spend attitude of Washington.  He has co-sponsored bills such as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2015