Florida Congressman Byron Donalds announces he will run to become the first African-American speaker of the House in history as Republicans struggle to find a candidate after getting rid of Jim Jordan.

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  • Byron Donalds, 44, who endorsed Donald Trump’s run for the White House in 2024, shared the news of his candidacy on X on Friday
  • It comes after Republicans dropped Jim Jordan as their candidate for House speaker after three times failing to gain enough support to become GOP leader.
  • There has been a fight over who should lead the House of Representatives after Republican Kevin McCarthy was ousted in a historic vote on October 3.



Florida Congressman Byron Donalds has announced that he is running to become the first African-American speaker of the House.

The 44-year-old politician, who supported donald trump‘s 2024 White House offer, shared news of his candidacy on X (previously twitter) on Friday.

“I hope to secure the votes of a majority of my Republican colleagues to become the first African-American president, the first president of the great state of Florida, and the next speaker of the 118th Assembly. Congress,’ he said.

It comes after Republicans eliminated Jim Jordan as their candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives after having tried – and failed – three times to get enough support to become Republican Party leader.

There has been a fight over who should lead the House of Representatives later republican Kevin McCarthy he was ousted in a historic vote on October 3.

Florida Congressman Byron Donalds has announced that he is running to become the first African-American speaker of the House.
The politician, 44, who endorsed Donald Trump’s bid for the White House in 2024, shared the news of his candidacy on X on Friday.
It comes after Republicans rejected Jim Jordan as their candidate for House speaker after he tried, and failed, three times to gain enough support to become leader of the Republican Party.

Donalds’ office confirmed his candidacy on Friday night and shared a statement from the politician on X.

“Tonight I will announce my candidacy for speaker of the United States House of Representatives,” he said.

‘My sole focus will be to secure our border, fund our government responsibly, advance a conservative vision for the House of Representatives and the American people, and expand our Republican majority.

‘As a member of this conference, I have seen firsthand the devotion of my colleagues to improving the lives of their constituents and the future of America.

‘We come from different walks of life but share the common search for a more perfect union.

“As speakers, every voice in our conference will have a seat at the table to ensure our unity and consensus in the legislative battles we face.”

He continued: ‘Under my leadership, the House will lead the charge in advancing a simple goal: putting the American people first, keeping them safe, and making their lives easier.

‘No titles are given. They earn it.

The announcement came after Jordan was dropped as the Republican candidate for House speaker after failing to get enough votes for a third time.

Donalds’ office confirmed his candidacy on Friday night and shared a statement from the politician on X
There has been a fight over who should lead the House of Representatives after Republican Kevin McCarthy (pictured) was ousted in a historic vote on October 3.

He was ousted in a closed-door vote 86-112 on Friday afternoon. The House went into recess after the vote and will not return until 6 p.m. ET on Monday for a new candidates forum.

Jordan’s supporters charged that the vote had been done blindly, meaning Jordan and his allies cannot see who rejected him.

The House has been without a president for 17 days and is paralyzed and unable to do business less than a month before the government shuts down again.

‘I told the conference it was an honor to be their designated speaker. But I felt it was important that we all know an answer to the question: do you want me to continue in that role? And then we asked them the question and they made a decision,” Jordan said after the meeting where the vote took place.

‘I’m going back to work too. “We have several statements prepared next week in the Judiciary Committee,” he continued. ‘But it is important that we unite. Let’s find out who that guy is, let’s support him and get to work for the American people.’

Immediately after the vote, Republicans were on the starting line, eager to jump into the race for the top House seat.

Whip Tom Emmer, the House’s No. 3 Republican, is calling other members to tell them he’s running for the seat, a source familiar told DailyMail.com.

McCarthy endorsed Emmer for the job. ‘He is the right person for the job. He can unite the conference. He understands the dynamics of the conference.’

Reps. Kevin Hern, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Georgia Republican Austin Scott and Michigan Republican Jack Bergman have said they are running for the seat, as have Republican conference vice chair Mike Johnson and Texas Rep. Pete Sessions.

Steve Scalise, who was the favorite to become the next Republican speaker of the House, sensationally dropped out of the race on October 12.
The House is currently led by Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry, who has little power to introduce legislation on the House floor and has reportedly threatened to resign.

Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, chairman of the Budget Committee, is also considering running, as are Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green and Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams.

Steve Scalise, favorite to become the next Republican speaker of the House, sensationally abandoned the race on October 12.

He had won an election among his party’s members to be its presidential candidate after McCarthy was spectacularly removed from office.

But with the Republican majority narrow, Scalise could only afford to lose the support of four members of his own party in a House-wide vote to confirm him as speaker.

About 20 of his Republican colleagues indicated they would oppose him if a full House vote were held, so he withdrew.

It shows that the disarray among House Republicans has no end in sight, more than two weeks after McCarthy became the first president in history to be ousted.

The House is currently led by Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry, who has little power to introduce legislation on the House floor, and allegedly threatened to resign.

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