The 2023 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election began on January 3, 2023, the opening day of the 118th United States Congress, two months after the 2022 U.S. House elections. It is the 128th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives election since the office was created in 1789.
Republican conference leader Kevin McCarthy won the preliminary election within the Republican conference but faced opposition from some House Republicans in the lead up to the vote. With 19 Republicans voting for candidates other than McCarthy on the first ballot, no candidate achieved the necessary majority and the election proceeded to additional ballots for the first time since the 1923 Speaker election. In the first round of voting, Democratic caucus leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York's 8th congressional district received 212 votes, McCarthy of California's 20th congressional district received 203 votes, and Andy Biggs of Arizona's 5th congressional district received 10 votes; other candidates who were not formally nominated received nine votes.
On the second and third votes, McCarthy again fell short of the required 218 votes. Although he nominated and voted for McCarthy, Jim Jordan of Ohio's 4th congressional district emerged as the only Republican contender to McCarthy in the second round. After failing to elect a Speaker following three rounds of voting on January 3, the House adjourned until January 4, 2023 at noon.
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