Congressman Jeb Hensarling said today he will not run to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader, shrinking the contest for the No. 2 House GOP leadership to two candidates.
The decision by Hensarling, who represents Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Van Zandt and Kaufman Counties, came as congressional Republicans continued sorting through the consequences of Cantor's lightning downfall. Cantor announced Wednesday that he would step down as majority leader on July 31, a day after a revolt by voters in his conservative district led to his unexpected defeat in a GOP primary by an unknown, underfunded economics professor who had local tea party support.
Hensarling's decision leaves two candidates vying for the majority leader job: his fellow Texas Republican, Pete Sessions, and California’s Kevin McCarthy.