Difference between new Republicans, Democrats in Congress, in photos

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California Republicans, who had a really bad midterm election, did get one good piece of news today, as Kevin McCarthy was elected House Minority Leader in a surprisingly easy 159-43 victory over conservative leader Jim Jordan of OH, a founding member of the ever-fractious House Freedom Caucus.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected House minority leader Wednesday in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, putting the California Republican in position to lead House GOP members after Speaker Paul Ryan leaves Capitol Hill at the end of his term in January. Mr. Trump calls him "My Kevin", and McCarthy's name is sometimes mentioned as a potential replacement if the president were to replace his chief of staff.

Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation that might not be over.

"Congressman McCarthy is one of the foremost champions of 'Micah's Law, ' compassionate, popular legislation to stop painful late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy, which passed with overwhelming support in the House past year under his leadership".

A record number of women of color, 40, who are mostly Democrats, will also serve in the upcoming term.

A yearbook-style collection of headshots of the 116th Congress members-elect has seen social media users pointing out the lack of diversity among incoming Republicans. "We have a lot of room to grow", he said. Or Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota's 5th congressional district, who is the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. Congress.

A routine photo up in Washington with five newly elected Republican senators and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was anything but on Wednesday.

At his post-election news conference, President Donald Trump tried to put a positive spin on the results that left Democrats in control of the House for the first time in eight years.

House Democrats will hold their election after Thanksgiving.

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Sen. John Thune of South Dakota took over as Republican whip from Sen.

McCarthy told reporters before the party elections that "we've got a plan" to counter Democrats in the next two years.

The Democratic group includes a number of members-elect who saw historic victories for diversity in the USA, including Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who became the first Muslim women to be elected into Congress, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, who became the first Native American women to be elected into Congress. Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina was elected Republican Conference Vice Chair and Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri became Republican Conference Secretary. They installed Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as House Republican Conference chairman, as her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, sporting a cowboy hat, looked on.

But the founder of the House Freedom Caucus, the band of hard-right insurgents who ousted former Speaker John Boehner and generally made life very difficult for Republicans in the majority, doesn't have much support outside the group.

While McCarthy provides an affable face for the GOP, Jordan, the former OH wrestling champ and a Fox News regular, will be fighting Democrats' investigations into Trump's businesses and administration.

The leadership election comes as incoming freshmen lawmakers are in town for orientation.

In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump.

"There's overwhelming support for leader Pelosi to be speaker of the House", Rep.