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BREAKING NEWS: Republican Mike Johnson elected as Speaker of the House after three weeks of vacancy

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Demi Sasson ’25
After three weeks of no speaker, the House of Representatives elected Republican Mike Johnson of Louisiana after beating Democrat Hakeem Jefferies of New York in a 220-209 vote on Oct. 25. The former speaker, Kevin McCarhty was voted out by his colleagues on Oct. 3 after striking a deal with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.

Republican Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana won the election to be the 56th speaker of the House of Representative on Oct. 25 after the House was left without a speaker for nearly three weeks. 

After beating Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic candidate from New York in a 220-209 vote, Johnson is now facing a mid-November deadline to pass to fund the government. Like the last speaker, Johnson is aiming to avoid a government shutdown, according to The New York Times

The former Speaker of the House, Republican Kevin McCarthy of California, was voted out on Oct. 3 in a 216-210 vote after he struck a deal with Democrats to avoid a federal government shutdown three days prior to his removal. McCarthy’s difficult election back in January had required 15 ballots before he was appointed.  

“I think that it’s great that the Republicans came together to find a Speaker of the House because [the] business of the House was halted,” AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher Suzanne Kammerman said. “There’s a lot going on in the world, and I think in order for the House to conduct any business[…] they needed to elect a speaker.”

However, this is not the longest amount of time the House has been without a speaker. In 1856, conflicts over slavery, among other issues, had divided the House of Representatives and it had taken two months and 133 ballots to finally elect a speaker.

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Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor
Paper Opinions Editor Demi Sasson ’25 joined inklings because writing is the most prominent way she can express her thoughts and feelings. “I think writing is one of the best ways to express myself. I keep a journal that I use to record my day and I think that translates really well into my journalism abilities,” Sasson said.  When Sasson is not writing, playing tennis or listening to music she can be found spending time with her friends. “Being around someone that you can rely on and trust with your life is very important to me,” Sasson said.   

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