Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) has won the contest to be Speaker of the House with 220 votes against 209 today, October 25. He is the fourth nominee that the party has put forward since Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted three weeks ago, each contender fell before racking up the necessary support.
With his victory, the House will now turn back to business beginning – most likely – by looking at President Biden’s multi-billion-dollar aid package for Israel and Ukraine. Also on the delayed docket is the funding of the government which expires with the latest continuing resolution in mid-November.
Former President Donald Trump offered his support for Johnson earlier in the day. He posted:
“I am not going to make an Endorsement in this race, because I COULD NEVER GO AGAINST ANY OF THESE FINE AND VERY TALENTED MEN, all of whom have supported me, in both mind and spirit, from the very beginning of our GREAT 2016 Victory. In 2024, we will have an even bigger, & more important, WIN! My strong SUGGESTION is to go with the leading candidate, Mike Johnson, & GET IT DONE, FAST! LOVE, DJT”
Notably, Democrat House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries – who was backed by his party in every single House Speaker vote this Congress – has now lost the vote a staggering 19 times.