A distinguished constitutional law attorney and Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Mike Johnson, has been elected as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Johnson, who also previously served as Chair of the Republican Study Committee Conference and was a member of Donald Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial defence team, secured this prominent position on Wednesday.
The 51-year-old Louisiana congressman, who was initially elected in 2016, earned unanimous support from House Republicans in his bid for the Speaker’s role.
Johnson successfully fended off a challenge, receiving 220 votes, while Democrat Hakeem Jeffries garnered 209 votes in the election for Speaker.
In his new role as Speaker, Johnson assumes the second-highest position in the line of presidential succession, following Vice President Kamala Harris.
Meanwhile, Johnson has reacted following his emergence as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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As 56th Speaker, he vowed to ensure that the House delivers results and inspires change for the American people.
Speaker, Johnson wrote via X: “It is the honor of a lifetime to have been elected the 56th Speaker of the House. Thank you to my colleagues, friends, staff, and family for the unmatched support throughout this process.
“It has been an arduous few weeks, and a reminder that the House is as complicated and diverse as the people we represent.
“The urgency of this moment demands bold, decisive action to restore trust, advance our legislative priorities, and demonstrate good governance. Our House Republican Conference is united, and eager to work.
“As Speaker, I will ensure the House delivers results and inspires change for the American people. We will restore trust in this body.
“We will advance a comprehensive conservative policy agenda, combat the harmful policies of the Biden Administration, and support our allies abroad. And we will restore sanity to a government desperately in need of it. Let’s get back to work,” Johnson stated.