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Senior Issue 2024
June 5, 2024

Uncertainty in House of Representatives Leads to New Speaker

A recap of the troubles in the House following Mike Johnson’s election as Speaker.
Official Headshot of Kevin McCarthy.
Official Headshot of Kevin McCarthy.

On October 3rd, 2023, history was made in the United States House of Representatives when eight House Republicans voted alongside House Democrats to remove Kevin Owen McCarthy from his position as Speaker of the House. The Republican Representative from California had not served a full year as Speaker before he was motioned to vacate by the House in a 216-210 decision. McCarthy was the 55th Speaker of the House, but now stands as the only Speaker to ever be removed.

Uncertainty was in the air following McCarthy’s removal. How could Congress function if business in the House was effectively halted until a Speaker was decided?

When asked if he would run again, McCarthy said that he would not.

“I may have lost a vote today, but I fought for what I believe in and I believe in America. It has been an honor to serve,” asserted McCarthy at a press conference in the U.S. Capital.

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The House’s quick fix for their situation was to appoint the first ever Speaker pro tempore of the United States House of Representatives. The representative that assumed pro tempore speakership was Patrick Henry, a Republican from North Carolina.

The story of the troubles in the House of Representatives ended when Republican Representative Mike Johnson from Louisiana assumed the role of Speaker of the House. Johnson was elected  on October 25th after a 220-209 vote from the House.

Johnson has represented Louisiana’s 4th congressional district since 2017, and is the first Speaker of the House from Louisiana.

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Amy Garcia
Amy Garcia, Staff Writer
Amy Garcia is a freshman and student journalist at MAST Academy at Virginia Key. She came to MAST because she had heard of its reputation and believed it was a good school and would be an interesting location. This is her first year at MAST and on The Beacon. Garcia joined the school newspaper because she likes to know what is going on at her school and enjoys interviewing and talking to others. She is very social and likes to get to know people. She wants to cover MAST sports and tackle the controversial and sensitive topics that often need to be written. Garcia likes to know more about people and the reason behind their personalities and interests. She is interested in studying psychology and is reaching for schools like Stanford and Yale.
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