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Republicans fight for House speaker after Jim Jordan chaos

The race to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives has been flooded with potential alternative candidates, following Jim Jordan’s failure to win his party’s support on Friday.

Ohio Rep. Jordan fell short of the required number of votes to become the next speaker after three rounds of voting during the week. His defeat followed a heated week on Capitol Hill as he and his allies tried to persuade other GOP representatives to throw their weight behind him. However, his efforts were in vain when 25 of his party members voted against his candidacy in the third vote on Friday, effectively ending his campaign.

After his defeat, Jordan told reporters, “We need to get together and figure out who our speaker is going to be. I’m going to work as hard as I can to help that person so we can go help the American people.”

The issue quickly becomes more urgent, because without an elected president, the House is unable to work effectively. This is particularly concerning given that Congress faces the looming possibility of a government shutdown next month.

GOP candidates have until noon Sunday to submit their speaker names, and there is potentially no shortage of names on the ballot. Republicans will meet Monday evening for a candidates’ forum, following a conference vote that could take place Tuesday.

The following Republicans have announced their intention to run for president:

  • Rep. Austin Scott, Ga.: Challenged Jordan’s nomination last week, but received no votes.
  • Rep. Jack Bergman, Michigan: Retired Marine Corps lieutenant general. In a statement made the same day Jordan lost his case, he said: “My hat is in the ring and I am confident that I can win the votes where others could not.” I have no particular interests to serve; I am only out to do what is best for our nation and steady the ship for the 118th Congress. »
  • Rep. Kevin Hern, Oklahoma: Republican study committee chairman. He posted Friday on X, formerly Twitter: “We need a different type of leader with a proven track record, which is why I’m running for Speaker of the House.”
  • Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas: A member of Congress since 1997, Sessions was once chairman of the Rules Committee and a key ally of former speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan. He also declared his candidacy on Friday.
Vehicles are parked in front of the U.S. Capitol building as House Republicans continue the process of electing a new Speaker of the House October 11, 2023 in Washington, DC. Despite several votes, a new president has not yet been elected to the House of Representatives.
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A number of other Republicans are also reportedly considering running for president, according to Politico. However, none of the following companies have announced an official offer for the role:

  • Representative Byron Donalds, Florida: Member of the House Freedom Caucus.
  • Rep. Tom Emmer, Minnesota: He is the majority whip and previously led the House Republican campaign arm. He has the support of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, whose ouster led to the current race.
  • Rep. Mike Johnson, Louisiana: Vice Chairman of the House GOP Conference.
  • Rep. Dan Meuser, Pa.: Member of the bipartisan Problem Solutions Caucus, along with the Republican Main Street Caucus.
  • Rep. Mark Green, Tennessee: Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and combat veteran.
  • Rep. Jodey Arrington, Texas: Chairman of the Budget Committee.
  • Rep. Roger Williams, Texas: Chairman of the Small Business Committee and coach and manager of the House Republican baseball team.

News week contacted the Republican Party for comment via email.