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  • Updated: January 07, 2023

Kevin McCarthy Elected US House Speaker

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy has been elected speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States.

The California lawmaker narrowly overcomes opposition from right-wing legislators to secure the speaker’s gavel.

It took 15 rounds of voting for McCarthy to secure the House’s gavel, securing 216 of the 428 votes cast.

He said in a statement; “My father always told me, it’s now how you start, it’s how you finish.”

He added; “Our system is built on checks and balances.

"It’s time for us to be a check and provide some balance to the president’s policies.”

With McCarthy finally ascending to the speaker’s chair, the House will finally start swearing in newly elected lawmakers and the 2023-24 session can begin.

McCarthy replaces legislator Nancy Pelosi, who announced plans to step down from the Democratic House leadership last month.

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