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Republican Kevin McCarthy Wins Election as House Speaker

The Wall Street Journal · 01/07/2023 00:39

By Natalie Andrews and Eliza Collins

Republican Kevin McCarthy won election as House speaker on the 15th ballot after days of grueling negotiations that turned detractors in his favor for the chamber's top job, and forced leadership to make concessions to the party's far-right members up to the last moment of sometimes-heated exchanges on the House floor.

The vote marked a personal achievement for Mr. McCarthy, 57, who had failed to secure the speakership more than seven years ago, and puts him in control of GOP's only power center in a divided capital. He made significant concessions in order to bring on board his conservative opponents, including giving them more power to shape spending bills.

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