There’s a new Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He is Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson.
He received 220 votes to win the Speakership Wednesday afternoon October 25th 2023 following failed attempts by three of his fellow Republicans.
Johnson was first elected to Congress in 2016 and sits on the House Judiciary Committee.
He is replacing California Republican Kevin McCarthy who was recently voted out of his position by a handful of conservative Republicans and Democrats.
This time around, there was no bipartisanship. Democrats did not team up with Republicans to elect Johnson.
Democrats all voted for Hakeem Jeffries, from the far left wing of the Democrat Party.
All of this happening while Congress deals with a long list of pressing issues, all of which will cost American taxpayers billions of dollars…including passing legislation to fund the government before mid-November, and providing aid to Ukraine and Israel.
Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., stands to vote for himself for speaker, as House Republicans try to elect a speaker, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) used locally Oct 25th 2023