Who Are the House Majority and Minority Leaders?


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Elected by their respective parties in a closed-door session, the floor leaders for the U.S. House of Representatives include Kevin McCarthy as majority leader and Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader, as of 2015. Steve Scalise is the Republican whip, and Steny Hoyer is the Democratic whip.

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The U.S. House of Representatives does not use the term "minority leader." Instead, it uses the term "Democratic leader" or "Republican leader," depending on which party holds the majority of seats.

Like all majority leaders, McCarthy's duties depend in large part on the speaker of the house and the political composition of the majority caucus. In the position since Aug. 1, 2014, McCarthy oversees the House Floor's legislative calendar and provides management for all House committees.

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