Nine Republican lawmakers have declared they are running for president, as the House ends its third week of legislative paralysis. The Republican conference will hear from all nine members at a candidate forum Monday afternoon and are expected to vote in a secret ballot on a new candidate Tuesday morning.
House Republicans have been working to elect a president sinceearlier this month. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise on October 12 after receiving the nomination on October 11. Rep. Jim Jordan was removed as a nominee on Friday after for the speaker’s position.
Who are the nine candidates for president of the House?
Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York said there was until noon on Sunday for representatives to announce their runs for president.
The candidates who met that deadline are Representatives Jack Berman, Byron Donalds, Tom Emmer, Kevin Hern, Mike Johnson, Dan Meuser, Gary Palmer, Austin Scott and Pete Sessions.
All candidates except Reps. Emmer and Scott voted to decertify the 2020 election in the hours after the. Emmer, however, supported a filed by the state of Texas in December 2020 to overturn the results of the presidential elections in Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, all states where Trump lost.
Here’s a little more about the lawmakers running for president.
The Michigan representative announced his candidacy on Friday.
“My hat is in the ring and I am confident that I can win votes where others couldn’t,” he said. “I have no special interests to serve; I’m just in this to do what’s best for our nation and steady the ship for the 118th Congress.”
Bergman, a retired Marine lieutenant general and businessman, boasted of his lack of political experience whenin 2016.
The Florida representative has been endorsed by his fellow Florida legislators, Representatives Cory Mills and Mario Diaz-Balart. Representative Donalds gained some support during a, which McCarthy ultimately won. Donalds announced his candidacy on Friday.
“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,” he said.
The Minnesota representative, a close McCarthy ally, hadearlier this month. He announced his candidacy on Saturday.
“The American people elected us to deliver on a conservative agenda that secures our border, stops reckless spending, and holds Joe Biden accountable. We cannot afford to fail them,” he said. “I’m running for Speaker of the House to reunite our conference and get back to work.”
Emmer is the current majority whip.
The Oklahoma representative chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee. He announced his candidacy on Friday.
“We just lost two Designated Speakers. We must unify and do it quickly. I have spoken with every member of the Conference over the past few weeks. We need a different type of leader who has a proven track record of success. That is why I am running for president of the camera.
Hern has been a member of Congress since 2018. Before that, he worked as a businessman and owned two dozen McDonald’s franchises.
The Louisiana representative was first elected in 2016. He serves as vice chair of the House Republican Conference. Rep. Johnson announced his candidacy on Saturday.
“At this critical juncture, our Republican majority in the House of Representatives must provide principled leadership,” he said. “It is our duty to chart a new path and answer with clarity and conviction who we are, why we are here and why we fight.”
Johnson is a lawyer and former radio host.
The Pennsylvania representative has served in the House since 2019. On Friday, he wrote on social media that if he decided to run, he would focus on inclusion policies.
“It’s time to get back to work and fight for a fiscally responsible budget, advance energy dominance, secure our border, protect our national security, eliminate corruption and earn the trust of the American people,” Meuser said.
The Alabama representative, a member of the House since 2015, currently serves as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He endorsed Jordan as a speaker candidate.
Palmer previously worked as president of a conservative think tank in Alabama.
The Georgia representative has served in the House since 2011. He announced his candidacy for speaker on Friday.
“If we want to be the majority, we must act as such, and that means we have to do the right things in the right way,” he said. “I supported and voted for Rep. Jim Jordan to be Speaker of the House. Now that he has retired, I am running again to be Speaker of the House.”
Scott owned and operated an insurance brokerage business for almost 20 years.
The Texas representative previously chaired the House Rules Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Rep. Sessions announced his candidacy on Friday.
“Congressman Sessions believes he can forge a positive path as a conservative leader who can unite the Conference,” his office said in a statement.