Commercial Space Supporter Leading Candidate to Become Next House Speaker | SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON — The surprise announcement by House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he would resign from Congress may clear the way for a staunch supporter of the commercial space industry to ascend to the top post in the chamber.
Boehner, who has been speaker since January 2011, announced Sept. 25 that he would resign at the end of October. He did not immediately give a reason, although he had been facing growing challenges to his leadership from some conservative members of the House.
The leading candidate to succeed Boehner is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is second only to Boehner in the House Republican leadership. His district includes the Mojave Air and Space Port, a commercial spaceport that is home to several space companies, including Masten Space Systems, Stratolaunch Systems and Virgin Galactic.
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