Politics & Government

John Boehner re-elected House speaker

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., greets House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., greets House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. AP

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives Tuesday in a tense vote spurred by an uprising from a small but aggressive group of conservative Republicans dissatisfied with his leadership.

In the end, Boehner received 216 votes of the 408 cast. He needed at least 205 to hold on to the speaker’s gavel.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., received 164 votes, almost all from Democrats. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., a last-minute candidate, received 12 votes. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., one of the first to declare his intention to run against Boehner, received two votes. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a long-time Boehner critic, received three votes.

Several people, ranging from Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former George W. Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, each received one vote.

Only 408 of the House’s 434 members voted because several lawmakers from New York’s congressional delegation were attending the funeral of former New York Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, Pelosi said.

The normally 435-member House was one lawmaker short Tuesday because former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. resigned after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion.

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