Rep. Jim Jordan Announces Candidacy for Speaker of the House
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House following the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the position. Jordan, a prominent conservative within the GOP, confirmed his plans to run for the speakership, and several Republicans have already voiced their support for his candidacy.
Jordan currently serves as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and has led investigations into the Biden administration this year. In a letter to House colleagues, he emphasized his ability to “unite” the Republican conference and called for their support.
During an interview, Jordan was asked about rumors that former President Donald Trump had been contacted about becoming an “interim” speaker. While he praised Trump, Jordan expressed his desire for Trump to run for president in 2024.
The House voted 216-210 to remove McCarthy as speaker, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in voting against him. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) temporarily assumed the role of speaker, and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) is reportedly considering a bid for the speakership as well. A simple majority of 218 votes will be needed to secure victory.
Jordan’s candidacy adds another layer of intrigue to the ongoing leadership shakeup within the GOP-led House of Representatives.