(CNN) - In the wake of fresh GOP congressional losses, California Rep. Dan Lungren is planning to challenge John Boehner of Ohio for the top Republican spot in the House.
Lungren’s move is the latest sign some conservatives are unhappy with keeping same leadership at the helm of the conference as the party continues to re-group.
A spokesman for Lungren declined to say Friday how many members are supporting the congressman in what is widely viewed as a long-shot bid.
Boehner responded to the challenge with praise for Lungren. “Dan Lungren is a respected member of our conference and a man deeply committed to the principles that have defined our party since the beginning,” he said in a statement.
Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri has decided not to run for another term as Republican whip in the House. His deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, has already told his colleagues he will be a candidate for the position. Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the Chairman of the Republican House Conference, is also relinquishing his GOP leadership post in the next Congress.