Republican majority kneecapped by three key absences

Republicans won a narrow majority in the House of Representatives in the 2022 elections, but entering an election year in 2024, that majority has been further reduced by key absences.

Three House Republicans who have left the chamber for good or for an extended period will have the GOP leading with as slim as a 218-213 majority in the coming weeks. Here are the three Republican absences that will be hurting the margin by which the GOP controls the House.

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Former Republican California Rep. Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy resigned from the chamber effective Dec. 31, 2023, only months after the former House speaker was ousted as presiding officer of the chamber by a group of eight House Republicans and all House Democrats.

Following a turbulent 2023, which included
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