Boehner renominated for House speaker
November 14th, 2012
03:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner renominated for House speaker

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner received a standing ovation after being renominated to his position Wednesday by the House Republican Conference.

Nominated by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Boehner gained support from members of his party to continue his speakership. He will be formally elected by a vote in the House of Representatives when the 113th Congress convenes in January.

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Cantor was also renominated as House majority leader.

Responding to the renominations, Democrats said House Republicans "chose to ignore voters who ousted tea party Republican incumbents."

"House Republicans just doubled down on more of the same priorities that protect millionaires at the expense of the middle class," said Jesse Ferguson, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Committee Committee, in a statement.

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas rose in the meeting and nominated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to sources in the room, but no one seconded that nomination.

Also Wednesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington defeated Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to become leader of the Republican Conference, the fourth ranking GOP spot in the House. McMorris Rodgers faced a competitive challenge from Price, who received backing from GOP star Rep. Paul Ryan in a letter Tuesday.

The current conference chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, is leaving the role to chair the House Financial Services Committee.

While five congressional races remain undecided, Republicans maintained control of the House majority in last week's elections. As of now, Republicans will outnumber Democrats 234-196 in the next Congress. Democrats, however, hold narrow leads in all five House races considered too close to call.

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Eric Cantor • House • John Boehner
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. CBP

    Last week Cantor said he wanted to be Speaker. Guess he needed to make amends for that. HEre's hoping that Mr. Boehner can rise tot he occasion and start working with members of the "other" party to get us moving forward once again.

    November 14, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. RogueRobots

    I don't know if Boehner cried when he was nominated, but I sure did! I fell to my knees and prayed that God will save us from the GOP House Idiots. Please do some work, please!! We the people would like some jobs because contrary to your vicious opinions, we really do not like relying on the government and want to work. By blocking every Jobs bill, it is the GOP which is creating the welfare state and then turning on the rhetoric to blame the President. Yes, we see your hypocracy, yes we do! Yes, we can do better than you, yes we can!

    November 14, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Somebody should tell the gop that we are all Americans.

    November 14, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. rs

    Boehner and the GOP in a suicide pact. It must be time for more anti-abotion legislation.

    November 14, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. rs

    Ancient Texan-
    Yeah, they promised jobs, we got radical anti-abortion bills, remember?

    November 14, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Jen

    can we get rid of this guy already!!!

    November 14, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    As Democrat, I like Boehner as a person but he's the wrong person for this job and he will never get his House in line.

    November 14, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Meeps

    I really hope that Republicans author a debt crisis deal that proposes specific cuts to programs and also includes a list of tax loopholes they are going to close. They talk about cuts and closing loopholes but they refuse to author a bill on the subject. We know what the Democrats want to do, namely to make some cuts and to increase taxes on people earning $250,000 or more on their personal taxes. So why don't the Republicans propose this bill so the Democrats and the President can have something to work with.

    November 14, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. EveT

    Why isn't anyone going around displaying photos of Boehner with a Hitler mustache? If you want to know which party promotes a fascist vision of America, look no further.

    November 14, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. A Grandma

    Would they actually reward this "do-nothing" for his failure? Outrageous if so! They are the worst performing Congress in recent history. Boehner just makes me want to slap his face.

    November 14, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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