House Leadership~

By: Allyson McCullough

Speaker of the House

Name: Rep. John Boehner

Political party: Republican

Description: Elected by the whole of the House of Representatives, the Speaker acts as leader of the House and combines several roles: the institutional role of presiding officer and administrative head of the House, the role of leader of the majority party in the House, and the representative role of an elected member of the House. The Speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the President, after the Vice President.

MAJORITY LEADER

Name: Rep. Eric Cantor

Political party: Republican

Description: help plan the party's legislative program, steer important bills through the house, and make sure the chairpersons of the many committees finish work on bills importnant to the party.

MAJORITY WHIP

Name: Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Political party: Republican

Description: assistant floor leaders to the house. Watch how majority-party members intend to vote on bills, to persuade them to vote as the party wishes, and to see that party mambers are present to vote

MINORITY LEADER

Name: Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Political party: Democratic

Description: help plan the party's legislative program, steer important bills through the house, and make sure the chairpersons of the many committees finish work on bills importnant to the party.

MINORITY WHIP

Name: Rep. Steny Hoyer

Political party: Democratic

Description: assistant floor leaders to the house. Watch how majority-party members intend to vote on bills, to persuade them to vote as the party wishes, and to see that party mambers are present to vote