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U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge and Jim Jordan get protest votes for House Speaker

January 3, 2019

U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge and Jim Jordan get protest votes for House Speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi was easily elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a weeks-long campaign to win over a group of critics who initially said they wouldn’t vote for her.

But that didn’t stop a few members of Congress who were disenchanted with Pelosi (who got 220 votes) and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California (who got 192) votes from casting protest votes for someone else.

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Champaign County - who had unsuccessfully challenged McCarthy for the top Republican leadership job - came in third in the race for speaker, with five votes. Although Jordan voted for McCarthy on the House floor, Republicans Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of Arizona, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Jody Hice of Georgia and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania cast ballots for Jordan.

Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge - who had contemplated making her own run for House Speaker - voted for Pelosi on the House floor, but got a vote for Speaker from Oregon Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader. Illinois Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos got the most protest votes of any Democrat: four.

Pelosi won Fudge’s support by agreeing to re-establish a House Administration subcommittee on elections that Fudge will chair. A statement from Pelosi said Fudge’ssubcommittee “will expose and confront disenfranchisement and strengthen fair elections across America.”

She also won backing from Niles Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan - who ran against Pelosi for House Democratic Leader two years ago - after she agreed to transition out of her leadership role by the end of the next Congress or the one after that if she doesn’t gets two thirds support from House Democrats. Ryan said the deal was needed to ensure “the rise of a new generation of Democratic leaders.”

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