Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) announced Monday that he will challenge House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the speaker’s gavel.

Former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus stated that McCarthy’s defeat would be a victory. “tough,” But he feels there must be a shift in the system.institutional direction and trajectory” Of the House

“We have a new paradigm here, and I think the country wants a different direction from the House of Representatives,” Biggs made the comments during a Monday night appearance at Newsmax.

“I’m going to be nominated tomorrow to the position of Speaker of the House. We’ll see if we can get the job done, and the votes –  it’s going to be tough,” Biggs was added. 

Biggs emerged as one possible challenger to the speakership last week, when he said that McCarthy’s long-anticipated accession should not be considered a “foregone conclusion.”

Biggs plans to replace McCarthy to increase transparency.
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“I would say maybe not so fast. Maybe we should have a good discussion within the confines of our internal body,” Biggs stated this last week.

The Arizona Republican added on Monday that his cidacy isn’t entirely about replacing McCarthy, but also about making the House “more open” and “transparent.”  

“Kevin has raised a lot of money and done a lot of things but this is not just about Kevin. I think it’s about institutional direction and trajectory. And that’s where we’re going to see if we have enough people who agree that we need to change the trajectory of this place,” Biggs said. 

If a leadership vote takes place on Tuesday, Republicans will nominate a candidate for House speaker that next year’s new Congress will hold a full-member vote on. To become speaker, the nominee must receive at least 218 votes.