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Kevin McCarthy Wins Election as House Speaker After Days of Grueling Negotiations

By Natalie Andrews, Eliza Collins, Siobhan Hughes and Lindsay Wise

WASHINGTON—Republican Kevin McCarthy won election as House speaker on the 15th ballot after days of grueling negotiations that forced leadership to make concessions to the party’s far-right members up to the last moment of sometimes-heated discussions on the House floor.

The victory marked a personal achievement for Mr. McCarthy, 57, who had failed to secure the speakership more than seven years ago, and clawed his way to a win early Saturday morning after four days of repeated rejections. 

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