Labrador Jumps Into Ring For House Majority Leader Position

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Idaho's 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has announced his candidacy for the position of House majority leader, according to his official Congressional website

"I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference. A leadership team that can bring the Republican conference together. A leadership team that can help unite and grow our party. Americans don't believe their leaders in Washington are listening and now is the time to change that," Labrador wrote in his announcement statement. 

Majority leaders are elected by their party in the U.S. House of Representatives. To win the office—the second most powerful position in that chamber of Congress next to the speaker—Labrador will have to win a closed-door secret ballot. Unlike the speaker, a post usually held by longtime veterans of the House, the majority leader job has often been held by representatives who are early in their careers. 

In 2013, Labrador challenged Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the speakership. He received one vote.

Labrador's announcement, which was released today, comes on the heels of the defeat of now-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a primary election. David Brat., a Tea Party favorite, beat out the incumbent Cantor by 11 points, winning more than 55 percent of the vote.