The 113th Congress has officially elected House leaders:
- 220 U.S. Representatives voted for Republican Rep. John Boehner as Speaker of the House on Thursday, handing the 112th Congress’ speaker the top spot in the House for a second term, even though he didn’t have the full support of the 233 GOP Representatives to win the position.
- 192 votes were cast for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to resume her position as House Minority leader for the 113th Congress. The California Democrat came 8 votes shy of capturing the full support of her party, though they would not have been enough to unseat Speaker Boehner.
- 10 protest votes were cast by Republicans, though they ultimately went to unlikely candidates like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Rep. Allen West. Even former Comptroller General David Walker picked up a nod during the vote. source
January 3, 2013 // 15:06 // 11 months ago