On Tuesday night, Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA 4th District) was formally declared the GOP Speaker-Designate after House Republicans held a closed-door vote amongst the officially announced candidates: Byron Donalds (FL), Chuck Fleischmann (TN), Mark Green (TN), Mike Johnson (LA), and Roger Williams (TX).
Tom Emmer’s former candidacy was removed from consideration. In the final round of voting, Johnson obtained 128 votes while Rep. Byron Donalds earned 29 votes.
This win makes him the fourth Speaker-Designate for House following Tom Emmer, Jim Jordan, and Steve Scalise.
Following his announcement of victory, Johnson addressed press in a conference centered on Republican unity.
Excerpt from his speech:
Democracy is messy sometimes, but it is our system. This conference that you see, this House Republican majority, is united.
I’m honored to have the support of my colleagues and what they understand about this is this is servant leadership. We’re going to serve the people of this country. We’re going to restore their faith in this Congress, this institution of government.
America is the last best hope of man on the earth. Abraham Lincoln said it. Ronald Reagan used to remind us all the time and we’re here to remind you of that again.
We’re going to restore your trust in what we do here. You’re going to see a new form of government and we are going to move this quickly. This group here is ready to govern. We’re going to govern well. We’re going to do what’s right by the people and I believe the people are going to reward that next year. But we have a lot of big priorities ahead of us right now. The world is on fire.
We stand with our ally Israel. We have a very busy agenda. We have appropriations bills to get through the process. But you are going to see this group looking working like a well-oiled machine. We owe that to the American people. The people up here have been sent here by the people of this country to do this job. We are going to do it well. We commit that to you. Thank you for allowing us to go through the process and get to this. It was worth it. We are going to serve you well.
After delivering his speech, Johnson was questioned by a reporter regarding his role in challenging the 2020 election results.
However, he was abruptly interrupted by other Republicans present at the conference with Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) telling the reporter to “shut up.”
When asked by a snarky reporter about why he “helped lead efforts to overturn the 2020 election”, the GOP caucus, led by Speaker-designate @MikeJohnson, told the reporter to shut up.
I think I like this guy already 😂
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) October 25, 2023
Rep. Johnson was an integral part of the efforts to contest the 2020 election results, spearheading the drafting of an amicus brief signed by 125 House Republicans in support of a Texas lawsuit that sought to invalidate the results in four battleground states: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
President Trump called me this morning to let me know how much he appreciates the amicus brief we are filing on behalf of Members of Congress. Indeed, "this is the big one!" https://t.co/eV1aoNlpvq
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) December 9, 2020