December 2, 2023

By Jack Forrest | CNN

The high-stakes race for Home speaker enters a brand new section this week, with a slate of latest candidates vying for the gavel following Rep. Jim Jordan’s exit from the race.

Among the eight candidates are recent faces within the contest, whereas others have been right here earlier than, both following Kevin McCarthy’s ouster or in the course of the 15-round speakership balloting on the ground in January.

Home Republicans are holding a candidate discussion board Monday night to listen to from these in search of the function, although it isn’t clear if any of the GOP lawmakers will be capable to collect the assist obligatory from their convention to safe the 217 votes wanted from the complete Home to serve within the high spot.

After giving his speech on the discussion board, Rep. Dan Meuser, a member of the bipartisan Downside Solvers Caucus, dropped out of the speaker’s race, per members within the room. The Pennsylvania Republican had been introduced as a candidate for the job by Home GOP convention chair Elise Stefanik on Sunday.

Listed below are the Republican lawmakers vying for the speakership:

Rep. Tom Emmer

Emmer, the Home majority whip, stated in a letter to his colleagues shared on Saturday that he was in search of the speakership with the aim of delivering “historic change.”

McCarthy is backing the Minnesota Republican for speaker, delivering an early enhance for his candidacy.

“He’s been within the room with all of our successes,” McCarthy stated of Emmer Sunday, urging his convention to elect him by the tip of this week. “He units himself head and shoulders above all these others who need to run.”

“This isn’t a time for a studying expertise as speaker. Tom would be capable to stroll into the job and do it on day one,” he stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Emmer, who voted to certify the 2020 election in a rebuke to former President Donald Trump, may face resistance from some members of the Home Freedom Caucus skeptical of the present GOP management crew and as Trump’s allies have attacked him.

The previous Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee chairman was first elected to Congress in 2014 and have become majority whip earlier this 12 months. Emmer, who misplaced a race for Minnesota governor in 2010, was a state consultant from 2004 to 2008. He sits on the Monetary Providers Committee.

Rep. Kevin Hern

The Oklahoma Republican, who chairs the influential Republican Examine Committee, advised CNN on Friday that he plans to run for speaker and can work “exhausting” to get individuals on his facet.

Hern chairs the conservative group generally known as the Republican Examine Committee.

Republican hardliners within the Home Freedom Caucus floated Hern’s identify as a attainable nominee for speaker earlier this month. And in the course of the deadlocked race for speaker in January, Hern, whose caucus wields a big bloc of GOP members, acquired a few anti-McCarthy protest votes within the eighth spherical of voting.

Hern was sworn in to the Home in 2018 after a profession working in numerous management place at McDonalds, in keeping with his Home biography. He additionally labored as an aerospace engineer. Hern is a member of the Home Methods and Means committee and co-chairs the Small Enterprise and Franchise caucuses.

Rep. Jack Bergman

Bergman, a 40-year veteran of the US Marines, can be operating for the speaker function.

“My hat is within the ring,” he stated in an announcement, “and I really feel assured I can win the votes the place others couldn’t. I’ve no particular pursuits to serve; I’m solely on this to do what’s greatest for our Nation and to regular the ship for the 118th Congress.”

The Michigan lawmaker reached the rank of lieutenant normal within the US Marines earlier than retiring – making him the highest-ranking fight veteran to have ever served within the Home, in keeping with his workplace.

He was first elected to Michigan’s 1st District in 2016. Bergman is a member of the Home Armed Providers Committee the place he chairs the Intelligence and Particular Operations Subcommittee.

Rep. Austin Scott

The Georgia Republican – who launched a last-minute bid in opposition to Jordan final week, however shortly dropped out after which supported his Ohio colleague – is operating for speaker once more now that the sphere is huge open, his spokesperson advised CNN.

The seven-term congressman has been a vocal ally and defender of McCarthy, criticizing the Republicans who voted to take away the California Republican as speaker.

After receiving a bachelor’s in enterprise administration from the College of Georgia, Scott spent 20 years proudly owning and working an insurance coverage brokerage agency. He started his political profession within the Georgia Home of Representatives in 1997, the place he served till being elected to Congress in 2010.

Scott, who represents Georgia’s eighth Congressional District, serves on the Home Everlasting Choose Committee on Intelligence, the Home Armed Providers Committee and the Home Agriculture Committee.

Rep. Byron Donalds

The Florida Republican and Freedom Caucus member introduced on X that he’s in search of the speakership to advance a “conservative imaginative and prescient for the Home of Representatives and the American individuals.”

Donalds additionally acquired votes from the GOP’s far-right members in January as a protest to McCarthy.

He’s serving his second time period, profitable his first election to Congress in 2020 after GOP Rep. Francis Rooney vacated Florida’s nineteenth Congressional District.

Throughout his first marketing campaign, Donalds described himself in an advert as a “Trump-supporting, gun-owning, liberty-loving, pro-life, politically incorrect Black man.”

The Florida State College graduate labored within the banking, finance, and insurance coverage industries earlier than being elected to the Florida Home of Representatives in 2016, in keeping with his workplace.

Rep. Mike Johnson

The Louisiana Republican, who serves because the Home Republican convention vice chairman, additionally introduced a run for speaker in a letter to his Republican colleagues Saturday, saying “After a lot prayer and deliberation, I’m stepping ahead now.”

Johnson was first elected to the Home in 2016. He additionally serves as a deputy whip for the Home GOP and was beforehand chairman of the Republican Examine Committee.

Johnson sits on the Home Judiciary Committee, Choose Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Authorities and on the Home Armed Providers Committee.

Rep. Pete Classes

Classes of Texas introduced his candidacy on Friday in an announcement posted to X, describing himself as a “conservative chief who can unite the Convention.”

He chaired the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee from 2009 to 2012 and the Home Guidelines Committee from 2013 to 2019. He presently serves on the Monetary Providers and Oversight and Reform Committees.

Classes in 2018 misplaced a hotly contested race for his Dallas-area seat he’d held since 2003 to Democrat Colin Allred. He gained a distinct Waco, Texas, district in 2020.

In 2019, Classes was briefly embroiled in scandal after being pushed by associates of Trump ally Rudy Giuliani to hunt the ouster of the US Ambassador to Ukraine – who was vital of Trump – similtaneously the associates had been serving to to bankroll his marketing campaign. He was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Rep. Gary Palmer

Palmer of Alabama has additionally entered the race.

He was elected to Alabama’s sixth District in 2014 and serves as chairman of the Republican Coverage Committee. Palmer additionally sits on the Committees on Oversight and Accountability, and Power and Commerce.

Palmer was enjoying shortstop on the 2017 congressional Republican baseball follow the place Home Majority Chief Steve Scalise, and others on the sport, had been shot. Scalise, as soon as Republicans’ selection for speaker, has since dropped out after the GOP did not coalesce round him and won’t run once more.