Jim Jordan Announces Minority Leader Bid

In recent weeks, Congressman Jim Jordan had planned to run for Speaker of The House. That was before Tuesday’s midterm election when the Democrats took back control.

Now, however, he’s announced his plans to run for House Minority Leader. MSN News reported that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, formally announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate to lead the House GOP minority and likely challenge House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for the post.

“I plan to run for minority leader,” Jordan told The Hill only hours after House Democrats won the majority, setting the stage for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to retake the speakership after eight years.

Jordan went on to say that the American people elected Republicans to come to D.C. and evoke change. “I think the president is doing just that, but I don’t think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives,” Jordan said.

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From Washington Examiner

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, formally announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate to lead the House GOP minority and likely challenge House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for the post.

“I plan to run for minority leader,” Jordan told The Hill only hours after House Democrats won the majority, setting the stage for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to retake the speakership after eight years.

“In 2016, the American people elected Republicans to come here and change this town. I think the president is doing just that, but I don’t think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives,” Jordan said.

“Have we replaced Obamacare yet? Have we secured the border yet? Have we reformed welfare yet? No,” he said.

Jordan is expected to run against McCarthy, who has not formally announced he is running for the leadership post. Unlike a speaker race where the winner needs 218 votes from the conference, the minority leader only needs a majority of the conference. He is considered a long-shot to take down McCarthy, just as he was in his prospective bid for the speakership had Republicans held onto the majority.

“Now that we’re in the minority, about all what we can do is debate, but fight hard in the debate for the principles, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016. Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020,” Jordan said.

Jordan declared in July that he would run for the speakership months after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced he would retire from the chamber at the end of his term.

Jordan won his re-election Tuesday night over Democrat Janet Garrett in Ohio’s 4th Congressional District.