(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made it clear Friday night that she prefers Majority Leader Steny Hoyer continue as her No. 2 in the House Democratic leadership in the next session of Congress by endorsing Majority Whip James Clyburn for the No. 3 position -- not the No. 2 slot that Clyburn is currently seeking -- House Minority Whip.
If Pelosi gets her wish, it would maintain the current structure of the top Democratic leadership in the House -- Pelosi (Minority Leader), Hoyer (Minority Whip), and Clyburn (Democratic Caucus chair). But with Democrats losing a leadership position as they move into the minority in the 112th session of Congress, it's a game of musical chairs that will inevitably leave one leading House Democrat without a seat at the leadership table.
House Democrats will caucus Wednesday morning to elect their leadership for the 112th session of Congress.
House Republicans will also hold their elections later Wednesday afternoon, when they'll likely elect Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, Speaker of the House, Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Minority Whip, and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, GOP Conference Chair.
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