House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has not been a public figure on defense issues in recent years, but he is now poised to become a key influencer on every Pentagon decision that passes through Congress for years to come.
The five-term California Republican is the frontrunner to replace retiring Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House when members vote on leadership changes next week.
“It’s still not clear what McCarthy really is,” said Laicie Heeley, a Stimson Center fellow on defense issues. “He is generally seen as another John Boehner type, looking to build consensus. He isn’t seen as unfriendly to defense … but he’s walking into the same storm.”
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