The 114th Congress convened this morning with 408 members in attendance at roll call. The first vote of the U.S. House of Representatives was the vote for the House Speaker of the new United States Congress.
The five candidates nominated by their colleagues were: incumbent Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Representative Ted Yoho (R-Florida), Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Representative Daniel Webster (R-Florida). Despite there only being 5 official candidates, certain House members did not feel restricted to vote for a wide variety of other unofficial candidates ranging from Representative Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) to former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell to even U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).
In the end, incumbent Speaker Boehner emerged victorious with a required simple majority (216 votes). Minority Leader Pelosi on the other hand received 164 votes in support on her candidacy. Among the “Other” candidates, Representative Daniel Webster led the way with 12 votes. Representatives Gohmert and Yoho received 3 and 2 votes each respectively.
In case you were wondering, the following is how the Georgia House Delegation voted:
Buddy Carter (GA-1) – Boehner
Sanford Bishop (GA-2) – Pelosi
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3) – Boehner
Hank Johnson (GA-4) – Pelosi
John Lewis (GA-5) – Pelosi
Tom Price (GA-6) – Boehner
Rob Woodall (GA-7) – Boehner
Austin Scott (GA-8) – Boehner
Doug Collins (GA-9) – Boehner
Jody Hice (GA-10) – Boehner
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) – Boehner
Rick Allen (GA-12) – Boehner
David Scott (GA-13) – Pelosi
Tom Graves (GA-14) – Boehner
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