HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEADERSHIP
The majority party members and the minority party members meet separately to select their leaders. Third parties rarely have had enough members to elect their own leadership, and independents will generally join one of the larger party organizations to receive committee assignments. A party caucus or conference is the name given to a meeting of or organization of all party members in the House. During these meetings, party members discuss matters of concern.
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D)
Elected by the whole of the House of Representatives, the Speaker acts as leader of the House and combines several roles: the institutional role of presiding officer and administrative head of the House, the role of leader of the majority party in the House, and the representative role of an elected member of the House. The Speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the President, after the Vice President.
RE. KATHERINE CLARK (D)
In fall 2020, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as Assistant Speaker of the 117th Congress after serving as the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus during the previous session.
Additionally, she serves as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee within the Caucus.
REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D)
Democratic Caucus Chair
The Democratic Caucus works with every Democratic member of the House of Representatives to help achieve consensus, bring their ideas and work to the forefront and ensure members have the tools they need to implement their goals. It is the only subgroup within the House of which every Democrat is a Member.
REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY (R)
As the most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, the Leader is charged with advocating party priorities in the House, as well as coordinating party message and legislation with Republican Leadership in the Senate and the members of the House Republican Conference.
The leader also works with the Democratic Leaders to agree upon acceptable meeting times of the House of Representatives, as well as the passage of bipartisan legislation vital to the national interests of the United States.
REP. ELISE STEFANIK (R)
Republican Conference Chair
The House Republican Conference Chairman presides over conference meetings, which are composed of all members of the Republican party. The chair is elected by the conference.
The House Republican Conference serves as the organizational forum to elect party leaders at the outset of each new Congress. The conference meets on a weekly basis to discuss party policy, pending legislative issues, and other matters of mutual concern
REP. GARY PALMER (R)
Republican Policy Committee Chairman
The United States House of Representatives Republican Policy Committee (RPC) was first established in 1949. Representative Gary Palmer of Alabama was elected by House Republicans as the 18th chairman of the committee during the 116th Congress and is the fourth ranking member of House Republican leadership.
The RPC serves as an advisory committee to House Republicans and provides a forum for Republican Members to discuss legislative proposals and current topics before the House. The committee produces issue backgrounders and conservative policy solutions to the House Republican Conference.