“Therefore, the Honorable Mike Johnson of the state of Louisiana, having received a majority of the votes cast, is duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 118th Congress.”
And with that, Republican Representative Mike Johnson ascends to the position of the 56th House Speaker. Following 22 tumultuous days in Congress marked by turmoil after the removal of Representative Kevin McCarthy, the vote revealed an astonishing display of cohesion. Every single one of the 220 Republicans threw their support behind Johnson. So what does this mean for a moment in our nation?
Johnson’s staunchly conservative track record stands out. He is an outspoken proponent of overturning the 2020 presidential election, a co-sponsor of a nationwide abortion ban bill, and an advocate for expunging Donald Trump’s first impeachment. He has also endorsed legislation reminiscent of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
His tenure on Capitol Hill began in 2017, and some question his readiness for the role. Will Mike Johnson’s leadership steer the House toward stability or exasperate the existing divisions?