After almost three weeks of chaos and the booting of Jim Jordan as a candidate for the House Speaker, nine Republicans have now announced their interest in running for the vacant position.
According to media reports, the following candidates are now running to be the House speaker:
• Rep. Jack Bergman of Michigan: He is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and businessman, who announced his candidacy on Friday. He said he has no special interests to serve and he wants to steady the ship for the next Congress.
• Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida: He is a freshman lawmaker who has been backed by fellow Florida representatives Reps. Cory Mills and Mario Diaz-Balart. He announced his candidacy on Friday. He said his sole focus will be on securing the border, funding the government responsibly, advancing a conservative vision, and expanding the Republican majority.
• Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota: He is the current majority whip and a close ally of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted as speaker earlier this month. He announced his candidacy on Saturday. He said he wants to bring the conference together and get back to work.
• Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma: He is a former businessman who owns several McDonald’s franchises. He announced his candidacy on Sunday. He said he wants to restore trust and confidence in the Republican leadership and fight against President Joe Biden’s agenda,
• Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana: He is a former constitutional lawyer and the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative lawmakers. He announced his candidacy on Sunday. He said he wants to unify the party and uphold its principles and values.
• Rep. Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania: He is a former businessman and secretary of revenue for Pennsylvania. He announced his candidacy on Sunday. He said he wants to focus on winning back the House in 2024 and advancing a pro-growth agenda.
• Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama: He is a former think tank president and the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, a group that develops policy proposals for the party. He announced his candidacy on Sunday. He said he wants to restore order and discipline in the House and promote conservative solutions.
• Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia: He is a former state legislator and businessman. He announced his candidacy on Sunday. He said he wants to lead with integrity and honesty and defend the Constitution.
• Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas: He is a veteran lawmaker who served as the chairman of the House Rules Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, a group that helps elect Republicans to the House. He announced his candidacy on Sunday. He said he wants to rebuild trust and respect among Republicans and work with Trump.
All of the above candidates, except for Reps. Emmer and Scott, voted to decertify the 2020 election in the hours after the Capitol Insurrection.
The Republican conference will hear from each candidate in a closed-door forum on Monday night and will vote on their next speaker-designate on Tuesday morning.
The new speaker will then have to win a majority vote on the House floor, which may require some support from Democrats.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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