How Georgia’s Congressmen Voted For House Speaker

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

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments below.


    • Boredatwork says:

      She has a right to. Hice and Loudermilk outright lied to her and other tea party groups to get their support in the primaries. Their pledge to vote against Boehner played a large role in both beating far more qualified candidates (i.e., anybody).

      • View from Brookhaven says:

        It must really suck for the “true believers” when politicians end up actually being politicians. Props to these two for not wasting time. I thought we’d at least get to spring before the new class had been labeled as freedom-hating, socialist RINOs.

      • TheEiger says:

        The problem is that there is a real world. Then there is a world with Rainbows and Ted Cruz riding unicorns. Some people can’t seem to find their way to the real world and blindly stumble their way through life praying Cruz will read Greens Eggs and ham on the Senate floor again.

  1. cody0919 says:

    Hice, for one, did not lie on the campaign trail. He voted against Boehner in conference and was one of only three to do so.

  2. cody0919 says:

    I was at all the debates. I understand that he said he would vote against Boehner. He did. If y’all would like the link to the Daily Caller article, I’d be more than happy to find it. As I stated before he did so in conference and was one of only three to do so.

    • TheEiger says:

      So he flip flopped like John Kerry when he said he voted for the war before he voted against it? Or was it he voted against it before he voted for it?

      • cody0919 says:

        He voted against him as the Republican nominee for Speaker in conference which is the place where most debate takes place about who should lead the party. John Boehner was the nominee by the Republican Party Conference for Speaker of the House. Everyone else was essentially a write in candidate.

    • blakeage80 says:

      Why didn’t he stick with it? That vote starts to look like a lot of other meaningless votes ‘against’ something as cover when you vote for it later. Let’s at least hope this behavior doesn’t continue.

  3. cody0919 says:

    I would compare it to a primary vote and a general election vote. The conference vote was his preference on who should be the nominee of the party. The vote on the floor was a vote against Pelosi and for the Republican nominee.

    • blakeage80 says:

      That doesn’t make sense. The winner has to get half of all votes present. He could have voted for anyone but Boehner or Pelosi and it could have at least pushed things to a second round of voting. Even if Boehner was going to win anyway, he didn’t have to vote for him.

      • Andrew C. Pope says:

        With the Republican numbers he (and 29 others) could have easily cast his vote for someone like Gohmert without risking a Pelosi speakership. Hice, smartly, realized that voting against an inevitable Speaker is no way to start your Hill tenure, especially when your tendency for saying crazy/racist/homophibic things has already cost you serious credibility.

        • blakeage80 says:

          He just lost even more credibility with a broken promise. If he voted against him in conference then he was already on Boehner’s black list. Heck, I’ll bet just following Paul Broun put him on that list. So, that wasn’t a factor. Now the only thing he’s accomplished is to tick off a lot of us who voted for him. Oh, and give his opponents a good laugh.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Wasn’t much for Boehner, but you look around, count the numbers, listen to council, and ask is this the sword to fall on or even take a flesh wound in the first round for.

  5. Will Durant says:

    Just dahum. Seems like supposed pundits would know that failed campaign promises are to be expected. Though occasionally there is a reversal in the continuum:

    “Some of the people who ate my barbeque didn’t vote for me.” — former Governor Marvin Griffin

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