Party leaders and whips of the United States House of Representatives are elected by their respective parties in a closed-door caucus by secret ballot and are also known as floor leaders. The U.S. House of Representatives does not officially use the term 'Minority Leader' although the media frequently do. The House instead uses the terms 'Republican Leader' or 'Democratic Leader' depending on which party holds a minority of seats. The current House Majority Leader is Republican Eric Cantor, while the current House Minority Leader is Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The current House Majority Whip is Republican Kevin McCarthy, while the current House Minority Whip is Democrat Steny Hoyer.