Paul Ryan Elected as House Speaker
The House voted on October 29, 2015, to elect Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, replacing John Boehner who announced his retirement earlier this month. Ryan received 236 votes, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received 188 votes, all from Democrats; Pelosi will remain as House Minority Leader. The formal vote immediately follows Wednesday’s vote by the House Republicans to nominate Ryan. Representative Ryan officially decided to run for Speaker following demands he made of House Republicans to unify behind him to include three of the major House GOP factions: the Freedom Caucus, conservative Republican Study Committee, and centrist Tuesday Group. The Republican Study Committee and Tuesday Group endorsed him last week, while the Freedom Caucus said only that a supermajority of its members would back Ryan.
House Speaker Boehner Announces Resignation
On September 25, 2015, House Speaker Boehner in a press conference announced he would be resigning in October. The news of his forthcoming departure, which comes amid a rebellion by conservatives in his caucus, took many by surprise. Congress is quickly approaching a potential shut-down this week due to its failure to pass any fiscal year 2016 federal spending bills. Majority Leader McCarthy is expected to take the Speaker's gavel, although elections will likely be held.