Photos: Kevin McCarthy wins House speakership on 15th vote

Kevin McCarthy prepares to bang the gavel while standing before the House chamber
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) wields the gavel for the first time after his election early Saturday.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) was elected speaker of the House early Saturday morning after four days and 15 ballots, resuscitating a chamber that had been paralyzed as it endured the longest struggle to elect a leader since before the Civil War.

McCarthy’s long-delayed triumph marks the high point of a congressional career he began as a staffer for former Rep. Bill Thomas more than three decades ago.

But the Republican leader’s victory came at a price. To secure the votes required to succeed fellow Californian Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) as speaker, McCarthy had to agree to compromises that dramatically weaken the power of the post.

The deals McCarthy struck with a group of fewer than two dozen hard-line Republicans will empower the far right of his party ahead of a congressional term that promises contentious battles over funding the federal government and increasing the debt ceiling.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) cheers after he is elected speaker of the House of Representatives.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is congratulated by other members of Congress in the House chamber after his election as speaker early Saturday morning.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz, left, pointing as lawmakers speak
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), left, speaks to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and others Friday after again declining to support the GOP leader.
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A man pointing a finger as he's being restrained
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), left, prevents Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.) from approaching Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) during the 14th round of voting Friday.
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A lawmaker holding another by the chin
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), left, restrains Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.) in the House chamber Friday.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) flexes his arm alongside fellow Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) flexes his arm alongside Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) after getting into an argument with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) in the House chamber during the fourth day of elections for speaker of the House.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida talking to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), left, speaks to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) on the House floor Friday night.
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy points to the newly installed nameplate at his office
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) points to the newly installed nameplate at his office after he was sworn in as speaker of the 118th Congress in Washington early Saturday.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene holds a phone with the initials "DT" in the House chamber.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) holds a phone with the initials “DT” in the House chamber.
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Rep. Bryan Steil holds up a tally sheet.
Rep. Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) holds up a tally sheet in the House chamber as Republican Kevin McCarthy is elected speaker.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, left, accepts the gavel from Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy receives the gavel from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) after the vote early Saturday.
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Kevin McCarthy holds the speaker's gavel
McCarthy celebrates winning the speakership.
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Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries embrace
McCarthy and Jeffries embrace after their ascension as their respective party leaders in the House.
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McCarthy swears in members of the House
McCarthy presides over the swearing-in of members of the 118th House of Representatives early Saturday.
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Kevin McCarthy speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall
McCarthy speaks to reporters in National Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Saturday.
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Two lawmakers hugging as others applaud
McCarthy gets a hug from Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) after winning the House speakership.
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Lawmakers applauding in the House chamber
To secure enough votes, McCarthy agreed to compromises that dramatically weaken the power of the post.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)