While House Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership post was never in doubt, that didn’t stop one House Republican from trying Wednesday.
As House Republicans gathered behind closed doors at the Capitol to pick their leaders for the upcoming new Congress, outspoken Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert symbolically nominated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for speaker, said a senior House GOP aide who was at the meeting. The nomination didn’t receive a second, and Mr. Boehner’s nomination eventually was approved by a voice vote.
The full House formally will vote for its speaker when the 113th Congress convenes in early January. But with Republicans controlling the chamber, Mr. Boehner’s election is assured.