Kevin McCarthy

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By LAUREN FRENCH | 11/7/14 10:19 AM EST

Kevin McCarthy has announced his intention to seek his first full term as House majority leader.

The California Republican has served in the No. 2 spot in House GOP leadership since August when former majority leader Eric Cantor resigned the post after losing a primary challenge.

McCarthy wrote to his Republican colleagues late Thursday he would push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and an expansion of free trade for the new Congress, which begins in January.

“In the 114th Congress, we will focus on both small issues and large, offering big ideas on the most important issues while continuing to confront the President when necessary,” McCarthy wrote. “Presidential veto threats have never stopped us from pursuing bold and ambitious policies that Americans want, and they will not stop us now.”

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