Rep. Steve Scalise was nominated by Republicans on Wednesday to succeed Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, and they will now attempt to unite behind the conservative in a floor vote to elect him.
Rep. Jim Jordan, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was defeated by Rep. Steve Scalise, the current majority leader, in a secret vote in the Capitol, according to lawmakers.
After surviving a shooting that targeted politicians at a congressional baseball practice a few years ago, the Louisiana lawmaker is revered by some as a hero.
After McCarthy’s dismissal, Republicans are stuck and will try to rally their slim House majority around Scalise in a vote that is sure to be close.
Democrats will run against the Republican candidate.