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McCarthy Receives the Gavel

The Wall Street Journal · 01/07/2023 01:23

Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York handed Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California the speaker's gavel.

Democrats had the majority in the last Congress and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California led. In the new Congress, Mrs. Pelosi and her leadership team stepped aside for Mr. Jeffries.

"Well that was easy," Mr. McCarthy said after taking the gavel. He then addressed Mr. Jeffries: "Hakeem, I've gotta warn ya, two years ago, I got 100% of the vote from my conference." Mr. Jeffries got every Democratic vote on each of 15 ballots in the leadup to Mr. McCarthy's election.

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January 07, 2023 01:23 ET (06:23 GMT)

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