10-25-2023, 3:16 PM

Following weeks of GOP chaos, Rep. Mike Johnson was elected as the 56th Speaker of the House

The 56th speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, was chosen by House members on Wednesday, ending more than three weeks of turmoil and dysfunction on Capitol Hill.

The conservative Trump ally and low-ranking member of the GOP leadership team, who is now second in line for the presidency, has seen a remarkable rise in popularity. Despite his charming demeanor, Johnson is perhaps the most ideologically conservative speaker to take office since Newt Gingrich in the 1990s, and he was a key player in the GOP's attempt to rig the 2020 election.

Following weeks of chaos, the GOP showed impressive cohesion when all 220 Republicans voted for Johnson and all 209 Democrats supported New York Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

In his speech to the House chamber, Johnson, 51, stated, "We want our allies around the world to know that this body of lawmakers is again to our duty stations," following Jeffries' embrace and gavel-handling. "The People's House is back in operation – let the enemies of freedom around the world hear us loud and clear.”

Johnson will get to work right away. In addition to figuring out how to get vital aid packages to Israel and Ukraine, two of the United States' closest allies, before money runs out on November 17, he will need to collaborate with the Biden White House and other members of his own party.

According to the White House, President Joe Biden congratulated Johnson over the phone on Wednesday.

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