Kevin McCarthy celebrates being elected the speaker of the US House of Representatives in Washington on January 7. Photo: Reuters
Kevin McCarthy celebrates being elected the speaker of the US House of Representatives in Washington on January 7. Photo: Reuters

Kevin McCarthy elected US House speaker after marathon 15 votes

  • The Republican won on a margin of 216-211 after making concessions to some right-wing hardliners
  • McCarthy’s victory brought an end to the deepest congressional dysfunction in 160 years, but raised questions about his party’s ability to govern

Kevin McCarthy celebrates being elected the speaker of the US House of Representatives in Washington on January 7. Photo: Reuters
Kevin McCarthy celebrates being elected the speaker of the US House of Representatives in Washington on January 7. Photo: Reuters
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