After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was deposed as speaker on October 3, House Republicans spent weeks in turmoil trying to elect his replacement.
The contest pitted House Republicans’ relatively centrist members against MAGA hardliners, with each side having an effective veto power due to Republicans’ narrow majority in the House. Representatives including Jim Jordan (R-OH), Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Tom Emmer (R-MN) all won majority votes inside the conference to be nominated as the party’s choice, only to see their bids fall short.
Eventually, the GOP settled on Mike Johnson, a relatively unknown Louisiana Republican. Johnson, a fierce social conservative and close ally of Donald Trump, won unanimous GOP support on October 25. He inherits a fractious Republican caucus and a busy fall agenda for the House.