House Votes on New Speaker

October 17, 2023
U..S. Capitol with tree framing the photo

The American people deserve to have their Congress and House of Representatives working, and you can’t have that happen until you get a speaker.

United States Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) in a Monday night meeting leading up to Tuesday’s expected vote for a new House speaker. Rep. Jordan is currently the top GOP contender.

Why It Matters: House Republicans nominated Rep. Jordan after Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) exited the race last week. During early, informal voting by Republicans only (behind closed doors), Rep. Jordan did not receive the necessary support to win the Speakership. However, the House is scheduled to vote on Tuesday at noon – marking the first formal vote for speaker since representatives ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) two weeks ago. Rep. Jordan needs 217 votes from the entire House (“if there are no absences” [The AP]) in order to establish himself as the second in line to the presidency, after the vice president.

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Republicans will try to elect Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan as House speaker but GOP holdouts remain (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas