John Boehner Re-Elected As House Speaker
John Boehner has been re-elected as House speaker with 220 votes, but unlike his unanimous vote last term, however, 12 conservative GOP lawmakers either voted for someone else, abstained, or voted “present,” reports the Washington Post.
Going into the vote, some thought Boehner was on shaky ground, especially after he failed to get his fiscal cliff Plan B through the House and then ticked off key lawmakers over Hurricane Sandy relief, but he will preside over the 113th Congress. Nancy Pelosi got 192 votes.
Eric Cantor, who voted for Boehner, ended up with three votes, and Allen West—who lost his bid for re-election to Congress—got two.