Kevin McCarthy of Calif. arrives with his GOP House allies for leadership elections on Thursday. McCarthy won his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor as the party's majority leader. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP The Two-Way House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip June 19, 2014 California's Kevin McCarthy replaces Rep. Eric Cantor in the No. 2 leadership post. Steve Scalise of Louisiana edged out two others for the No. 3 spot.