The United States House of Representatives finally got a new speaker following the weeks-long drama that saw Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) appointed speaker pro-tempore following Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s ouster in September.
The race for a new speaker following McCarthy’s ouster has seen House Republicans divided in their support for a single candidate. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) dropped out of the race after failing to get the needed votes to become speaker.
House Republicans finally rallied behind Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) on Wednesday with the Louisiana lawmaker elected as Speaker of the House. The newly elected speaker won a unanimous GOP vote, the first since 2011 when Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) won the gavel.
The House Republican Conference is UNITED for the first time this Congress.
We are united behind a man of deep faith, who obeys God and the Constitution before all else.
I’m proud to support our new Speaker Mike Johnson! I'm going to do everything I can to make him successful. pic.twitter.com/OP6y0IwXeb
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 25, 2023
Following his Wednesday victory, Johnson maintained that his victory and the drama surrounding the House speaker was not a coincidence but God’s plan.
“I want to tell all my colleagues here what I told the Republicans in that room last night; I don’t believe there are any coincidences in a matter like this,” Johnson said. “I believe that Scripture, the Bible, is very clear that God is the one that raises up those in authority. He raised up each of you, all of us, and I believe that God has ordained and allowed each one of us to be brought here for this specific moment in this time. This is my belief. I believe that each one of us has a huge responsibility today to use the gifts that God has given us to serve the extraordinary people of this great country — and they deserve it — and to ensure that our republic remains standing as the great beacon of light and hope and freedom in a world that desperately needs it.”
Speaker Johnson: "I believe that scripture and the Bible is very clear that God is the one that raised up each of you and God has allowed us to be brought here to this specific moment in time."
You don't see too many politicians these days that talk about faith like this. pic.twitter.com/97MTrCMAeJ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 25, 2023
Johnson’s first act as House speaker was to bring a house bill to the floor that would provide additional funding to Israel in its war efforts with Hamas.
Our New House Speaker once called for Nancy Pelosi to be Arrested!
It’s about to go down!
Mike Johnson don’t play ! pic.twitter.com/9ewSWwUXk1
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) October 25, 2023
“The first bill that I’m gonna bring to this floor in just a little while will be in support of our dear, dear friend Israel, and we’re overdue,” John said. “And given that, we’re going to show not only Israel but the entire world that the barbarism of Hamas that we have all seen play out on our television screens is wretched and wrong. And we’re going to stand for the good in that conflict.”
Johnson promised that he will tackle the border crisis and rising debt.