The battle to succeed current House Speaker Paul Ryan is already on. Nine Republicans have announced their intention to run for the Republican nomination to replace him. The nine Representatives who have declared their candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2019 House Speaker election are: -Kevin McCarthy (CA). Representative for California’s 23rd Congressional District, McCarthy is currently the House Majority Leader and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. -Jim Jordan (Ohio). Representative for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, Jordan is the Chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and is popular among grassroots Republican voters. -Mark Meadows (NC). A former real-estate developer and current Representative for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, Meadows is the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and a vocal conservative. -Steve Scalise (LA). As the current House Majority Whip and Representative for Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District, Scalise is an experienced politician and leader. -Martha McSally (AZ). A colonel in the United States Air Force and former Senate candidate, McSally currently serves as a Representative for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. -Rob Woodall (GA). A former Georgia State Representative and current Representative for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, Woodall is a member of the powerful Republican Study Committee. -Jody Hice (GA). A popular conservative radio host and current Representative for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, Hice has a strong following among the Tea Party and grassroots Republicans in the House. -Steve Womack (AR). Another former state legislator, Womack is the current Representative for Arkansas’s 3rd Congressional District and Chairman of the House Budget Committee. -Rob Wittman (VA). A member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, Wittman currently serves as a Representative for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. With the House of Representatives’ midterm elections looming, the Republicans are gearing up for a hard-fought battle to replace Ryan as House Speaker. Both candidates and those supporting them are already beginning to outline their platforms as part of the race to succeed Ryan. Whichever candidate emerges victorious, the Republican Party will be sure to have a formidable leader to continue its pursuit of a conservative agenda in Washington.