WASHINGTON. — The 21 House Republicans who blocked Rep. Kevin McCarthy from winning the speakership. demanded major changes to House rules. But they also wanted more influence in congressional committees. That will set the GOP agenda over the next two years.
While not every holdout got exactly what he wanted, some like McCarthy, R-Calif. And won plum committee assignments from his aides when. They helped him secure the speaker’s gavel, a process that took 15 rounds of voting.
Here’s what we know as of Thursday morning:
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, former head of the Freedom Caucus. And one of five so-called Never Kevins. Will keep his spots on the powerful Judiciary and Oversight committees. He could “show up” on the final ballot for speaker by changing his vote, helping push McCarthy to the finish line.
Representative Dan Bishop of North Carolina, one of 13 holdouts. Who flipped to support McCarthy on the 12th ballot. Will continue to serve on both the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a vocal McCarthy critic. Who voted “absent” on the 14th and 15th ballots. Was given a seat on the Oversight and Accountability Committee. Which plans to launch many investigations into the Biden administration. He will continue to serve on the Natural Resources Panel, on which he served in the previous Congress.
Freshman Rep. Josh Brechin of Oklahoma. Who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, won a seat on the Homeland Security Committee.
Texas Rep. Mike Cloud, who also flipped to McCarthy. On the 12th ballot, won a new seat. On the powerful Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending.
Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde, another lawmaker who flipped to McCarthy. On the 12th ballot, will be working on appropriations for the first time.
Freshman Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona, who voted “present” on the 15th ballot. Will serve on the Homeland Security Committee.
Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, who had been nominated to run against McCarthy for speaker. And flipped to him on the 12th ballot, named McCarthy as the “speaker’s nominee.” On the influential
steering committee, which decides.
Which lawmakers get the committee’s gavel and seats. A top panel known on Capitol Hill as the “A” Committee.
In the 14th round, will continue to serve on the Judiciary panel.
. Has yet to receive his committee assignment.
Arizona Republican Paul Gosser, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot. Was reinstated by Republicans to two committees — the Oversight and Natural Resources Panel. — After Democrats removed him two years ago for threatening lawmakers on social media.
Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who flipped to McCarthy. On the 13th ballot, will continue to serve on the appropriations panel. Harris, a physician, will chair the Agriculture, Rural Development. Food and Drug Administration subcommittee.
Freshman Republican Anna Paulina Luna of Florida. Who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, won a seat on the Oversight and Natural Resources Panel.
Representative Mary Miller of Illinois, who flipped to McCarthy. On the 12th ballot, will remain on the Agriculture Committee.
Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina. One of the Never Kevins who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot. Will remain on the financial services panel, which he joined in June.
Freshman Rep. Andy Ogles of Tennessee.
Who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, also won a seat in Financial Services.
Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, chairman of the far-right House Freedom Caucus. Who brokered a deal between conservatives. And McCarthy, will remain on the Foreign Affairs Committee. On January 6, the subject of the investigation, Perry won a new seat on the Oversight Committee.
Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale, a Kevin who didn’t flip to “present” on the final ballot. Will continue to serve on Natural Resources.
Texas Rep. Chip Roy, who helped Perry negotiate a deal with McCarthy. Will keep his seat on the Judiciary panel.
Freshman rep. Rep. Keith Self, R-Texas, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will serve on the foreign affairs panel.
Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana, who flipped from “incumbent” to vote for McCarthy. On the 12th ballot, will continue to serve on the Judiciary panel.
Also to committee assignments, McCarthy made other concessions to his right. He promised that Freedom Caucus members. Would get three seats on the Speaker-controlled Rules Committee. Which decides how bills are considered on the House floor.
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Some Freedom Caucus members. Who stuck with from the start also did well for themselves. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a McCarthy aide. Who was removed from her committee assignment by Democrats two years ago. On the fifth ballot, was named chairman of the Financial Services. Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.