John Boehner Elected 61st Speaker On 61st Birthday

The Republican leadership elections were far less contentious than those on the other side of the aisle, and the results are exactly as expected:

House Republicans unanimously elected Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to be the Speaker-designate of the House of Representatives.

As expected, members of the House GOP conference voted for the Ohio Republican as their choice to be the 61st Speaker of the House on his 61st birthday.


[Also elected were] Rep. Eric Cantor( R-Va.) as Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Majority Whip, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) as GOP Conference Chairman, Rep.  Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R-Wash.) as Conference Vice-Chair, Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) as Conference Secretary and Sessions as National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman.

Technically, Boehner will not be Speaker of the House until the full House votes on January 3rd, however that outcome is assured.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Herb says:

    ….And then he cried.