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Leadership Information

House leadership is elected every two years at the beginning of a new Congress. The Speaker of the House is elected by the entire membership of the House, and other majority party and minority party leaders are selected by members of each party'’s delegation. The Republican Conference is the formal organization of Republican Members in the House; the Democratic Caucus is the formal organization of Democratic Members.

Republican Leadership

Speaker of the House Rep. John A. Boehner
Elected by the entire membership of the House of Representatives, the Speaker presides over the House as its administrative head and serves as the leader of the majority party in the chamber.
Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor
Elected by the Republican Conference, the Majority Leader helps plan the legislative agenda for the House and schedules legislative business.
Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy
Elected by the Republican Conference, the Whip maintains communication between party leadership and members, builds Member support for the leadership’'s priorities, and informs and mobilizes Members on voting on key legislation.
Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Elected by the Republican Conference, the Chairman presides over conference meetings.
Republican Policy Committee Chairman Rep. James Lankford
Elected by the Republican Conference, the Policy Committee Chairman helps formulate and promote Republican policy initiatives.

Democratic Leadership

Democratic Leader (Minority Leader) Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Elected by the Democratic Caucus, the Minority Leader directs the party’'s legislative strategies and operations and serves as a spokesperson for the minority party.
Democratic Whip (Minority Whip) Rep. Steny H. Hoyer
Elected by the Democratic Caucus, the Minority Whip maintains communication between party leadership and members, builds Member support for the leadership'’s priorities, and informs and mobilizes Members on voting on key legislation.
Assistant Democratic Leader (Assistant Minority Leader) Rep. James E. Clyburn
Elected by the Democratic Caucus, the Assistant Democratic Leader works with congressional caucuses and is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee.
Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra
Elected by the Democratic Caucus, the Chairman presides over caucus meetings.

Historical Leadership Information

Speakers of the House (1789 to present)
Majority Leaders (1899 to present)
Minority Leaders (1899 to present)
Republican Whips (1897 to present)
Democratic Whips (1899 to present)
Republican Conference Chairmen (1863 to present)
Democratic Caucus Chairmen (1849 to present)

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