Home Majority Chief Steve Scalise has risen by the ranks of management throughout his time in Congress. Subsequent, the Louisiana Republican hopes to be elected Home speaker.
Within the place of Home majority chief, Scalise has served because the second-highest-ranking Home Republican after Kevin McCarthy. Now he’s working for speaker after McCarthy was pushed out of the highest management function in a historic vote.
McCarthy’s ouster and choice to not run once more for speaker surprised Home Republicans and threatens to accentuate bitter divisions inside the convention. It shortly set off a race for a brand new speaker, although it stays unclear if Home Republicans will be capable of coalesce round a successor.
GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, chair of the highly effective Home Judiciary Committee, has additionally jumped into the race for speaker. Jordan gained a key endorsement from former President Donald Trump on Friday.
Scalise and Jordan each supported objections to electoral faculty outcomes when Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win on January 6, 2021, the identical day a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol searching for to overturn the election.
Scalise is a distinguished determine within the Home GOP convention and has lengthy been seen as both a possible successor, or rival, to McCarthy. Earlier than he grew to become majority chief, Scalise served as Home GOP whip, a job centered on vote counting and guaranteeing help for key social gathering priorities. The bulk chief, his present function, oversees the Home ground and schedules laws for votes.
The Louisiana Republican is not any stranger to adversity – which he alluded to in asserting his bid for speaker.
A taking pictures in 2017 left him critically wounded, with a grueling, monthslong restoration course of. Scalise was shot by a gunman who opened fireplace as congressional Republicans had been training for an annual charity baseball recreation.
In August, Scalise introduced that he had been recognized with a number of myeloma, which he described as “a really treatable blood most cancers.” In September, Scalise informed reporters that in response to remedy, his most cancers “has dropped dramatically.”
In a letter to colleagues asking for his or her help within the speaker’s race, Scalise referenced the taking pictures in addition to “new challenges.”
“I firmly consider this convention is a household. After I was shot in 2017, it was members of this convention who saved my life on that discipline,” he mentioned.
“I like this nation, and I consider we had been despatched right here to come back collectively and clear up the immense challenges we face. As I face new challenges, I really feel much more strongly about that immediately.”
Scalise was elected to Congress in 2008 and represents Louisiana’s First Congressional District. He beforehand served within the Louisiana state legislature and holds a level in laptop science.
In 2014, Scalise confronted intense blowback for having given a speech in 2002 to a White supremacist group based by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Scalise apologized and mentioned in a press release that talking to the group “was a mistake I remorse, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and non secular views teams like these maintain.”