Wednesday, November 08, 2006
With Hastert out, GOP Reps. look to take his place
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Texas GOP Rep. Joe Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday he is "actively considering" making a run for the House GOP's top leadership position in the next congressional term. This comes as outgoing House Speaker Dennis Hastert announced earlier in the day he would not seek a leadership position.
Barton would face Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence, who informed his colleagues, he too, was running for the post.
Current GOP House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is also presumed to be seeking the post, though he has not officially announced. A senior GOP aide told CNN that Boehner is actively making calls to seek support from his GOP colleagues.
--CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh
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