House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik announced Sunday in a post to X, previously known on the platform. TwitterNine candidates have joined the race for speaker after Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, dropped his bid last week.
Stefanik, RN.Y., noted that the deadline for announcing the speaker bid is noon Sunday.
The GOP candidate forum is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Later, an internal conference vote will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry has said his preference is to go to a vote “as soon as Tuesday.”
Following his third defeat on the House floor last week, Jordan’s speakership bid fell apart Friday after he failed a confidence vote during a closed-door meeting of Republicans.
In an internal, secret ballot vote, 86 Republicans favored Jordan and 112 said they wanted to leave him and go with someone else, according to lawmakers who left the meeting.
Here are the candidates who threw their hat in the ring after Jordan left:
Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota
No. in leadership. 3 Emmer, a Republican, made his bid official Saturday, a day after he began fielding calls. He quickly received an endorsement from ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
“If given the opportunity to be your Speaker, we will use the same culture of teamwork, communication and respect to build on the moments that brought us success, learn from our mistakes, and continue to fight for each of you and each of us. The Republican majority,” Emmer wrote. Letter to colleagues.
Emmer, who previously served as chairman of the National Republican Congress, promised to “always be honest and direct with all of you, even if we disagree.”
Mike Johnson, vice chairman of Louisiana’s GOP convention
Johnson began making calls Friday before announcing his speaker bid Saturday.
“We all agree that the urgency of the hour calls for a specific plan and bold, decisive action. It calls for a leader who will humble himself every day before Almighty God and unselfishly serve the entire membership of this organization, relentlessly fighting for our core conservative principles and ideals,” Johnson said in a statement. said in the statement. Letter to colleagues.
Johnson, a lawyer and former talk show host, is serving a fourth term and sits on the House Judiciary Committee. He previously voiced support for Jordan’s speakership bid.
Jack Bergman of Michigan
Bergman, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and fourth-term legislator, announced his speakership bid Friday.
“The normal operation of the federal government cannot afford to wait for futile infighting and arguments,” Bergman said. Report. “What’s important now is electing a Speaker to ensure our government — especially our military — remains funded and our homeland and our critical allies are safe during this critical time.”
James Hogue, director of communications for Bergman, said the congressman “proudly supported” Jordan’s speaker bid, but was “approached by colleagues and had conversations about a speaker run following the second round of voting.”
Byron Donalds of Florida
Donalds, a second-term lawmaker, sits on the Financial Services and Oversight Committees. He announced his bid for speakership on Friday.
“My sole focus is securing our border, funding our government responsibly, advancing a conservative vision for the House of Representatives and the American people, and expanding our Republican majority,” Donalds said in his announcement.
Donalds, who often appears in right-wing media, was nominated for speaker by his conservative Freedom Caucus peers in January.
Kevin Hearn of Oklahoma
Hearn, the chairman of the Republican Study Group, the largest group of conservatives on Capitol Hill, began the bid Friday.
“I’m in,” Hearn told NBC News as he left a closed-door meeting of Republicans Friday. Hearn voted in favor of Jordan’s speakership bid.
“We need to consolidate and do it faster,” Hearn said in a statement Report Announces his own initiative. “I’ve talked to every member of the conference over the last few weeks.”
“We need a different kind of leader who demonstrates a track record of success and that is why I am contesting for the post of Speaker,” he added.
Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania
After Jordan dropped out of the race, Meuser, a former business executive, signaled he would consider a bid.
“I come from the business world, and if I run, I plan to bring a business perspective to things and seek consensus,” Meuser said Friday.
Meuser entered Congress in 2019 and currently serves on the House Financial Services and Small Business Committees. He previously served as Secretary of Revenue in Pennsylvania.
Gary Palmer of Alabama
Palmer, a fifth-term congressman elected in 2014, has been chairman of the Republican Policy Committee since 2019.
He serves on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to his time in Congress, Palmer co-founded the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank.
Austin Scott of Georgia
Scott, who challenged Jordan for speaker, signaled he would run again after Jordan dropped his bid.
“If we’re going to be the majority, we’ve got to act like the majority, which means we’ve got to do the right things the right way,” Scott said. Wrote in X. “I voted in support of Representative Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House. Now that he has resigned, I am contesting for the post of Speaker again.
Scott previously lost a secret ballot against Jordan by a vote of 124-81.
The Beat Sessions of Texas
Sessions, the former chairman of the Rules Committee, announced his bid on Friday.
“Congressman Sessions believes he can forge a positive trajectory as a conservative leader who can unite the convention,” his office wrote. Report.
Sessions also served as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.