WASHINGTON DC—On Wednesday, October 25, in a 220-209 vote, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) was elected to serve as Speaker of the House for the U.S. House of Representatives.  All 220 Republicans present voted for Johnson. All 209 Democrats present voted in favor of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). Congressman. The House has been operating without a Speaker for 22 days. Following his win, Johnson made the following statement that may be found on his website.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to have been elected the 56th Speaker of the House.

Thank you to my colleagues, friends, staff, and family for the unmatched support throughout this process. It has been an arduous few weeks, and a reminder that the House is as complicated and diverse as the people we represent. The urgency of this moment demands bold, decisive action to restore trust, advance our legislative priorities, and demonstrate good governance.

Our House Republican Conference is united, and eager to work. As Speaker, I will ensure the House delivers results and inspires change for the American people. We will restore trust in this body. We will advance a comprehensive conservative policy agenda, combat the harmful policies of the Biden Administration, and support our allies abroad. And we will restore sanity to a government desperately in need of it.

Let’s get back to work.”

Congressman Johnson, 51, is an attorney from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is an LSU graduate and has served Louisiana’s 4th district since 2017. The other offices he has served in include but are not limited to Vice Chairman of the United States House of Representatives Conference from 2021-2023. Johnson was elected to Congress in 2016 and served on the Louisiana State Legislature from 2015-2017.

Former President Trump, who is the leader of the Republican party congratulated Rep. Johnson on his win of Speakership. The following statemen was posted on Trump’s media platform Truth Social by Real America’s Voice.

“This time yesterday nobody was thinking of Mike, and then we put out the word and he’s the Speaker of the House. He will make us proud,” Trump stated.