Who Will Be the Next House Speaker? Here Are the Top 8 Candidates

Who Will Be the Next House Speaker? Here Are the Top 8 Candidates

Oct. 21 : After House Republicans decided to withdraw Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as their speaker nominee, a flurry of activity has begun within the House Republican conference, which is deeply divided.

Following the vote to drop Jordan as their nominee, with a vote tally of 112-86, GOP lawmakers are heading home for the weekend to regroup after a series of chaotic events on Capitol Hill. In the interim, some Republicans have already declared their candidacy, while others are still contemplating a run.

House Republicans will have the chance to listen to potential speakers when they return to Washington for a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The earliest a new speaker could be elected is on Tuesday.

Here are the individuals running for speaker or giving serious thought to it:

1.Tom Emmer

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House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., wasted no time in expressing his intention to run for speaker after Jordan exited the race, as per a well-informed source.

Emmer currently holds the position of the No. 3 ranking House Republican. Former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has given his endorsement to Emmer’s speakership bid, which is a significant boost to Emmer’s candidacy. McCarthy continues to enjoy the respect of the majority of the House Republican conference, stating, “He is the right person for the job. He can unite the conference. He understands the dynamics of the conference. He also understands what it takes to win and keep a majority,” in an interview with Punchbowl News.

2.Kevin Hern

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Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., was one of the earliest candidates to enter the speaker’s race, promptly announcing his candidacy to reporters after House Republicans removed Jordan as their nominee. Hern stated, “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.”

Hern is the chair of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of approximately 170 GOP lawmakers, making it the largest group of House Republicans. Earlier this month, Hern explored the possibility of running but chose not to compete against Jordan and House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.

3.Austin Scott

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Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., was relatively unknown until he unexpectedly challenged Jordan’s speakership bid earlier this month as a protest candidate against the conservative firebrand. Scott lost the nomination when he ran against Jordan in an internal vote within the House Republican conference, with a vote of 124-81. After Jordan’s withdrawal, Scott re-entered the race.

Scott commented, “There’s a lot of people that appreciated what we did,” regarding his initial speaker campaign.

4.Byron Donalds

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Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., a member of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, is officially running for speaker, according to a spokesperson from his office. Donalds has played a significant role in negotiations between moderate and ultraconservative GOP lawmakers. During Jordan’s failed speaker elections, some GOP holdouts voted for Donalds as a protest candidate.

5.Jack Bergman

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As it became apparent that Jordan couldn’t secure the support he needed for the speakership before his withdrawal as the nominee, Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., contemplated challenging the Ohio Republican but ultimately didn’t follow through. With Jordan out of the race, Bergman promptly announced his candidacy.

Bergman stated, “My hat is in the ring, and I feel confident I can win the votes where others could not. I have no special interests to serve; I’m only in this to do what’s best for our Nation and to steady the ship for the 118th Congress.”

6.Jodey Arrington

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Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, chair of the House Budget Committee, has expressed serious consideration of running for speaker. Arrington’s name was brought up as an alternative candidate during Jordan’s candidacy, but he fell behind Jordan’s bid at the time.

7.Mike Johnson

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Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., vice chair of the House Republican conference, is currently making calls and considering a run for speaker. A spokesperson for Johnson stated, “Rep. Johnson is calling his colleagues regarding a run for Speaker.”

8.Pete Sessions

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Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, immediately launched a bid for speaker following Jordan’s exit. His office released a statement saying, “Congressman Sessions believes he can forge a positive path as a conservative leader who can unite the Conference.”

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