Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is officially no longer in the running for Speakership after failing to prevail in three chamber-wide votes over the past several days.
The Republican caucus decided earlier today to oust Rep. Jordan as the speaker designee in a closed-door secret ballot vote. Ultimately, 112 members of the GOP caucus voted against moving forward with Jordan as the nominee, while only 86 representatives continued to support his bid for the Speakership.
According to reporting from NBC, Jordan himself said after the vote that he would remove his name from the race.
Since then, several other GOP representatives have come forward announcing their candidacy.
Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) announced his intent to run for Speaker earlier this afternoon on X — the platform formerly known as Twitter.
“We need a different type of leader who has a proven track record of success, which is why I’m running for Speaker of the House,” Rep. Hern posted.
We need a different type of leader who has a proven track record of success, which is why I’m running for Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/updVLkDCGh— Congressman Kevin Hern (@repkevinhern) October 20, 2023
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) has also launched a bid for the Speakership.
“If we are going to be the majority we need to act like the majority, and that means we have to do the right things the right way,” Rep. Scott posted on X.
“I supported and voted for Rep. Jim Jordan to be the Speaker of the House,” Scott said. “Now that he has withdrawn I am running again to be the Speaker of the House.”
If we are going to be the majority we need to act like the majority, and that means we have to do the right things the right way. I supported and voted for Rep. Jim Jordan to be the Speaker of the House. Now that he has withdrawn I am running again to be the Speaker of the House.— Rep. Austin Scott (@AustinScottGA08) October 20, 2023
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) announced his bid for the Speakership this afternoon as well.
“My hat is in the ring, and I feel confident I can win the votes where others could not,” Rep. Bergman wrote on X. “I have no special interests to serve; I’m only in this to do what’s best for our Nation and to steady the ship for the 118th Congress.”
My hat is in the ring, and I feel confident I can win the votes where others could not. I have no special interests to serve; I’m only in this to do what's best for our Nation and to steady the ship for the 118th Congress. https://t.co/PlAPGakWTk— Rep. Jack Bergman (@RepJackBergman) October 20, 2023
Bergman elaborated further upon his intent and qualifications in a press release published on his official Congressional webpage at the same time.
“What matters right now is choosing a Speaker in order to make sure that our government—and particularly our military—is funded, and that both our homeland and our critical allies are secure in this time of crisis,” Bergman wrote.
“What we need right now is a Speaker who has experience leading and can put ego aside to work together for the American people,” Bergman said. “We need a leader who shuns permanent power and recognizes the current crisis of leadership. I’m ready to serve. Together we can end the deadlock, and win the vote.”
A spokesman for Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) confirmed to NBC that the congressman has also entered the race for the Speakership.
Other members of the GOP caucus who are rumored to be running for Speaker of the House — but have not yet made an official, public announcement — include Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX).
Reporting from Chad Pergram — Senior Congressional Correspondent for Fox News — reveals that Former Speaker of the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has formally endorsed Rep. Emmer for the position despite the fact that the representative has not officially announced whether or not he intends to run.
According to CNN, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) — the House Republicans’ first nominee for Speaker of the House — will not be running for the Speakership again.
The GOP caucus will be holding a candidate forum Monday evening to hear from all those interested in the position and is expected to vote on a new nominee Tuesday.
The House of Representatives has now been without a Speaker for seventeen days.