Rep. Vince Fong Joins House, Boosting GOP Majority and Speaker Johnson’s Agenda


The House introduced its newest member on Monday, returning the Republican count to 218 and offering Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) some extra flexibility with his slender majority as he maneuvers through his legislative plans.

Rep. Vince Fong (R-CA) took the oath of office following the completion of the first votes of the week, marking the return of 431 members to the House for the first time since mid-March. With Fong’s addition, the GOP’s narrow advantage increases from one vote to two, providing some added margin as they aim to push forward critical spending initiatives over the summer.

“I am deeply honored to stand before you as the representative of the 20th District of the great state of California,” Fong stated after his swearing-in. “I am truly honored, humbled, and grateful to be given this opportunity by the voters to serve and be a strong voice for our region.”

Fong’s induction follows his victory over Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux two weeks ago, succeeding former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who stepped down late last year. This triumph allows Fong to represent California’s 20th Congressional District for the remainder of this Congress and possibly positions him favorably for the general election in November for a full term.

His win is also seen as a victory for McCarthy since Fong, a former staffer under McCarthy, campaigned with values aligned closely with his former boss to maintain the Republican establishment.

McCarthy was in the chamber for Fong’s swearing-in, marking his first appearance since resigning last year.

“I especially want to thank my mentor and friend, Speaker Kevin McCarthy,” Fong said. “He has dedicated decades to working tirelessly on behalf of the Central Valley of California and our nation.”

McCarthy, who was the first speaker ousted via a motion to vacate in October, had a significant influence on Fong’s campaign by participating in fundraising events and securing an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. An affiliated political action committee also contributed $450,000 to a pro-Fong super PAC to bolster his campaign and oppose Boudreaux in the March primaries.

The replacement of McCarthy reduces the number of vacancies the House aims to fill following recent resignations. These include seats left by Republican Reps. Bill Johnson, Mike Gallagher, and Ken Buck, all of whom departed before their terms ended, as well as the seat previously held by Democratic Rep. Donald Payne, who passed away earlier this year.

These races are not anticipated to change party control and may slightly enhance the Republican majority once filled. During this period, Johnson faces challenges from hard-line members who have continuously questioned his leadership, including a failed removal attempt by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) earlier this month.

Cami Mondeaux
Cami Mondeaux
Congressional Reporter. A Utah native, Cami graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City in 2021 and covered state government as a breaking news reporter for KSL News Radio.

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