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Rich Galen

Tuesday September 29, 2014

  • "… Speaker of the House …": Here's the Wikipedia entry for Speaker of the House.

  • "… How a Speaker is Elected …": From the Clerk of the House's webpage:
    How is the Speaker of the House elected?

    Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states, "The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers."

    Although the Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a Member of the House, all Speakers have been Members.

    When a Congress convenes for the first time, each major party conference or caucus nominates a candidate for Speaker. Members customarily elect the Speaker by roll call vote. A Member usually votes for the candidate from his or her own party conference or caucus but can vote for anyone, whether that person has been nominated or not.

    To be elected, a candidate must receive an absolute majority of the votes cast�which may be less than a majority of the full House because of vacancies, absentee Members, or Members who vote "present." If no candidate receives the majority of votes, the roll call is repeated until a majority is reached and the Speaker is elected.

  • "… Longest Speaker Elections …": Here's an historical look at elections for Speaker from the House web page.

    Mullfoto of the Day

    Amtrak train pulling into the Alexandria, VA station on Sunday.

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