In a narrow reelection, John Boehner remains the Speaker of the House.
Boehner (R-OH) received 216 votes, just 11 over the 205 needed in order to win. But 24 Republicans voted for other candidates including Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), who received 12 votes, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who received a single vote.
On the Democrats’ side, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) only received 164 votes for Speaker and will settle in as Minority Leader.
During his acceptance speech, Boehner said:
They say nothing will be accomplished here, that the division is wider, so the gridlock will be greater. That’s all fair enough. Skepticism of the government is healthy, and in our time, quite understandable. As Speaker, all I ask – and, frankly, expect – is that we disagree without being disagreeable. In return, I pledge to help each of you carry out your duties. My door, of course, is always open. Just don’t get carried away.
Boehner is a 24-year veteran of the House. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who took the helm as Majority Leader, now enters his third decade in the Senate.