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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, who has come under criticism from some conservative members of his Republican caucus for — in their opinions — conceding too much in negotiations with the White House, was reelected Thursday as speaker of the House.
The Ohio Republican needed the support of at least 215 House members (there were 429 present on Thursday), and just after 1:20 p.m. ET he passed that mark. As expected, the voting was partisan — former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received solid support from her fellow Democrats, who are in the minority in the House. Also, as expected, Boehner didn't get the votes of some of those conservative critics.
But in the end, he was reelected on the first and only ballot and will again lead his party in the House.
Democrats, with the help of two independents, have a 55-45 edge in the Senate. Republicans control the House, with a 234-199 advantage in seats (there are now two vacancies).
Read the speaker's remarks to the newly convened Congress.
Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Congratulations from his No. 2:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., just tweeted that:
"It is an honor to serve with @SpeakerBoehner. I look forward to continue working with my friend to help all Americans."
Update at 1:20 p.m. ET. It's Boehner:
The tally for the speaker just topped 215 (the number needed today because there were 429 members present) and now stands at 219, according to the score being kept by C-SPAN.
Update at 12:55 p.m. ET. Two votes for former Rep. Allen West:
There have now been six "present" or "protest" votes for someone else. Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., has gotten two. He's a Tea Party favorite.
Update at 12:43 p.m. ET. A few "protest" votes:
Though no Republican's name was put forward to oppose Boehner, there have been a few "present" votes or votes for others. Rep. Paul Labrador, R-Idaho, has gotten a vote. So has former Secretary of State Colin Powell (you do not have to be a member of the House to be elected speaker).
Update at 12:34 p.m. ET. No challenge:
The clerk just asked if there are any other nominations. There were none. So Boehner is not being directly challenged from within his party. That means — unless things have turned upside down — he will be reelected speaker. Earlier, Rep. McMorris Rodgers said he had the unanimous support of the GOP conference.
Update at 12:33 p.m. ET. Pelosi is nominated:
Though Democrats don't have the numbers to elect a speaker on their own, they do have the right to put forward a nominee. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., just nominated former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Boehner is nominated:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., just put the speaker's name forward.