House GOP majority officially whittles down to 3 seats after McCarthy resignation

The House Republican majority is officially whittled down to three as the chamber updated its numbers after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s retirement.

The House gathered in a pro-forma session on Tuesday, officially updating the number of seats held by members of Congress.

McCarthy’s resignation from Congress was effective Dec. 31, 2023, but Tuesday’s pro-forma session was the first gavel since the former speaker’s resignation went into effect.

With McCarthy’s departure, the House is down to 433 members in total.

House Republicans hold 220 seats in the lower chamber while House Democrats currently control 213 seats.

Two vacancies — McCarthy’s resignation and the removal of disgraced former New York GOP Rep. George Santos from Congress — have House Republicans walking a political tightrope under the new leadership of Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.

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