Conservative Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) opened the door to a possible run for House Majority leader.
Hensarling is the former chair of the conservative House Republican Conference.
Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, and Dallas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, then chairman of the House Republican Conference, listen as Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, left, speaks at a news conference on July 26, 2011. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling opened the door on Wednesday to a possible run for House majority leader now that Eric Cantor is headed for the exits.
“I am humbled by the many people who have approached me about serving our Republican Conference in a different capacity in the future,” Hensarling said in a statement provided by his office. “There are many ways to advance the causes of freedom and free enterprise, and I am prayerfully considering the best way I can serve in those efforts.”
Hensarling is the former chairman of the House Republican Conference and currently the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
His name was mentioned by sources as someone who would likely consider a run for House GOP leader after its current officeholder, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, surprisingly lost his primary election on Tuesday.
David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, won more votes than Cantor on Tuesday in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District GOP primary.