Jim Jordan fails in the first vote for speakership in the House of Representatives

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio failed to win the speakership in a House vote Tuesday as 20 Republicans opposed his bid, preventing him from clearing the hurdle needed to secure the role.

The result means House members will have to vote again and there may be many more rounds of voting ahead. Jordan reportedly did this specified that the second round of voting will take place on Wednesday.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who won the speakership after a whopping 15 rounds of voting earlier this year, was ousted earlier this month when eight Republicans voted with Democrats to oust him from office. The House of Representatives has been paralyzed since McCarthy’s fall.

Accordingly ReportsThe 20 Republican representatives who voted for someone other than Jordan on the first ballot included:

  • Don Bacon from Nebraska
  • Lori Chavez-DeRemer from Oregon
  • Anthony D’Esposito from New York
  • Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida
  • Jake Ellzey from Texas
  • Andrew Garbarino from New York
  • Carlos Gimenez from Florida
  • Tony Gonzales from Texas
  • Kay Granger from Texas
  • Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania
  • Jen Kiggans from Virginia
  • Nick LaLota from New York
  • Mike Lawler from New York
  • John Rutherford from Florida
  • Mike Simpson from Idaho
  • Steve Womack from Arkansas
  • Ken Buck from Colorado
  • John James from Michigan
  • Doug LaMalfa from California
  • Victoria Spartz from Indiana

Diaz-Balart, one of the Republicans who did not vote for Jordan in the first round, did so openly called for a second round of voting on Tuesday. “I respectfully request that the House immediately return and initiate a second vote to elect a new Speaker,” Diaz-Balart wrote to Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.).

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has claimed that Jordan becoming speaker “would certainly bring more chaos in the House and electoral damage.”

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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