After Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) shockingly failed to secure the House Speaker job last week, there are now nine other Republican candidates for House Speaker, GOP Chairwoman Elise Stefanik announced House of Representatives conference announced Sunday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
The deadline for announcing her candidacy was set for Sunday afternoon, Stefanik said.
Candidates include Reps. Jack Bergman (MI), Byron Donalds (FL), Tom Emmer (MN), Kevin Hern (OK), Mike Johnson (LA), Dan Meuser (PA), Gary Palmer (AL), Austin Scott (GA) and Pete Sessions (TX).
Reps. Mark Green (R-TN), Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and Roger Williams (R-TX) had previously indicated they would run but opted out or failed to meet this weekend’s deadline.
The next step in the process is a candidate forum that will take place Monday evening, with a private vote at the GOP conference scheduled to take place the next morning.
The current speaker pro tempore, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), said he plans to hold a floor vote in the House as soon as possible, probably Tuesday.
Since Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster on October 3, the speaker’s position has been vacant for 19 days – making him the first speaker to be removed from office by his colleagues.