House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could succeed John Boehner as the next Speaker now that Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has said he’s not interested in the job.
But any speculation on whether Cantor, 50, who has represented Virginia since 2011, will replace Boehner is premature, The Hill reports.
Boehner, the 64-year-old Ohio Republican, has given no indication of retiring from the post he has held for three years.
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An informal survey of House Republicans by the Hill recently found that Ryan was the only colleague who could defeat Cantor for the job.
But Ryan, 43, who represents Wisconsin and was the 2012 vice presidential candidate, said this week that he was not interested in the position.
He would rather, however, serve as Ways and Means Committee chairman next year, as the GOP is expected to retain control of the House after the November elections.
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