• July 21, 2024

Even More Republicans Have Thrown Their Hats In The Ring For Speaker…

After Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s three failed attempts to gain a majority, at least ten House Republicans registered their candidacy or expressed interest in the speaker contest by Friday evening.

In a secret ballot vote held Friday, House Republicans chose to withdraw Jordan as their speaker contender after three votes on the House floor with Jordan as the nominee resulted in opposition to his campaign increasing from 20 to 25 Republican members. As the party prepares to nominate a new speaker on Tuesday, numerous Republicans have already registered their candidacy, according to Fox News.

Representatives Kevin Hern (R-OK), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Jack Bergman (R-MI), and Pete Sessions (R-TX) have all officially declared their candidacies for Speaker of the House.

Hern, the chair of the Republican Study Committee, declared his candidacy shortly after the Republican Party agreed to move on from Jordan on Friday afternoon, claiming that the House needed to unify swiftly.

“We must unify and do it fast,” Hern said in a statement. “We need a different type of leader who has a proven track record of success, which is why I’m running for Speaker of the House.”

Donalds declared his candidacy immediately after Hern, laying out his primary aims as speaker.

“My sole focus will be securing our border, funding our government responsibly, advancing a conservative vision for the House of Representatives and the American people, and expanding our Republican majority,” Donalds said in a statement. 

Bergman and Sessions, like Hern, emphasized party unity, noting their previous leadership. Bergman emphasized his 40 years of military service, while Sessions emphasized his tenure as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Other Republicans have expressed interest in competing for speaker and are canvassing colleagues for support. According to Fox News, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) and House Republican Vice Conference Chair Mike Johnson (R-LA) are also exploring runs.

House Budget Chair Jodey Arrington (R-TX), House Small Business Chair Roger Williams (R-TX), Austin Scott (R-GA), and Dan Meuser (R-PA) are among the Republicans who have expressed interest in running for speaker.

Republicans are scheduled to gather behind closed doors on Monday to discuss their choice, followed by an anonymous ballot vote on Tuesday.

According to one senior Republican, if the House Majority Whip runs for speaker, the battle appears to be between Donalds and Emmer. While Emmer is the party’s leader, Donalds has the support of many members of the House Freedom Caucus. During the votes on the House floor with Jordan as the nominee, both Emmer and Donalds received votes.


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