Tom Emmer Speaker of the House as their third nominee for the position

Tom Emmer Speaker of the House as their third nominee for the position

House Republicans have selected Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota as their third nominee for the position of Speaker of the House. Emmer, who currently serves as the House GOP Whip, narrowly secured the nomination through a secret ballot. However, he faces the same challenges that previous speaker candidates, including Kevin McCarthy, encountered, and it remains uncertain if the party will unify behind him. To become the Speaker, a candidate must win a vote on the House floor with the support of a majority of voting members, which amounts to approximately 217 votes if all members are present.

Rep. Tom Emmer’s selection comes after House Republicans initiated a complete reset of their nominating process, following the disarray caused by a vote to remove then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy three weeks ago.

Both Majority Leader Steve Scalise and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan were initially named as the party’s nominees but withdrew their candidacies after failing to garner enough support to secure the position. Scalise withdrew before attempting to win on the floor, and Jordan was unsuccessful in three ballots by the full House.

Who is Tom Emmer, the latest Republican nominee for speaker?

Tom Emmer is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota. He currently serves as the House GOP Whip, a position that involves counting votes and persuading members to support the party’s legislative positions.

Emmer was selected as the latest Republican nominee for Speaker of the House. However, his nomination followed a series of nominations and withdrawals by other candidates, including former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan. Emmer’s nomination comes after a tumultuous period in the House of Representatives, as the chamber seeks to elect a new Speaker, which is necessary to advance legislative matters, including funding the government and providing aid to Israel and Ukraine.

While Emmer was considered a potential frontrunner, he may still face resistance from some conservative members of the Republican conference. This situation highlights the divisions within the party as they strive to select a new Speaker.

Tom Emmer Speaker of the House as their third nominee for the position

The ongoing Speaker vacancy hinders the House’s ability to advance legislation on the floor, including critical issues like providing aid to Israel and Ukraine, as well as funding the government beyond November 17.

Emmer’s role as House GOP Whip involves tasks such as vote counting and persuading members to support the party’s legislative positions. While he was considered a potential frontrunner due to his announced candidacy, he may encounter resistance from conservative hardliners within the conference.

Unlike candidates like Jim Jordan, Emmer is not as closely aligned with or embraced by former President Trump. He was one of only two speaker candidates in this round of voting, with Rep. Austin Scott being the other, who voted to certify the 2020 election results. His existing position in the leadership might make him an attractive candidate due to his experience, but it could also render him a target for members advocating for a fresh face or a complete leadership overhaul.

After the nomination vote, House Republicans conducted a roll call to assess Rep. Tom Emmer’s level of support. Roughly 20 members voted against Emmer’s nomination, revealing a divided conference.

Rep. Steve Womack, who initially opposed Rep. Jim Jordan’s nomination, pledged his enthusiastic support for Emmer but acknowledged the party’s fractured state. He expressed uncertainty about Emmer’s ability to garner the necessary backing.

Rep. Dusty Johnson, on the other hand, was more optimistic, noting that Emmer was engaging with dissenting members and addressing their concerns. He believed that Emmer was effectively gaining support.

Rep. Jim Banks, however, voted against Emmer’s nomination and indicated he would do the same on the floor. Banks objected to putting one of the most moderate members of the Republican conference in the speaker’s chair, as he felt it would betray conservative values.

It remains unclear whether Emmer will proceed with his nomination on the floor, work to secure additional votes, or pursue a strategy to guarantee a successful floor vote.

Rep. Mike Flood introduced a Unity Pledge, encouraging colleagues to put aside their differences and unite in support of the party’s nominee. The pledge states that members will back the candidate who receives the majority of votes in the conference when the nomination comes to the floor. This approach aims to restore unity within the party after a recent breakdown in the nomination process.

All of the candidates have signed the pledge thus far, according to Flood’s office. This is an ongoing story, and further updates will be provided.