Newly-elected Tennessee Congressman Andy Ogles (R-TN-05) voted against Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-20) to serve as Speaker of the House.
Twice now, McCarthy failed to secure enough votes to become the chamber’s next speaker.
Ogles instead voted for Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) to serve as House Speaker. In the first round of voting, Ogles was joined by Representatives Lauren Boebert (R-CO-03), Michael Cloud (R-TX-26), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL-13), Mary Miller (R-IL-15), and Keith Self (R-TX-03) in voting for Jordan, according to Townhall.
During the second round of voting, Ogles – along with Boebert, Cloud, Luna, Miller, and Self – was joined in voting for Jordan by Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05), Dan Bishop (R-NC-08), Josh Brecheen (R-OK-02), Andrew Clyde (R-GA-09), Eli Crane (R-AZ-02), Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01), Bob Good (R-PA-05), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04), Andy Harris (R-MD-01), Ralph Norman (R-SC-05), Scott Perry (R-CA-04), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), and Chip Roy (R-TX-21).
Ogles indicated his vote would be against McCarthy earlier this week when he joined a group of House Republicans in sending a letter to McCarthy, calling his responses to their pre-election demands “insufficient.”
🚨 Almost 10 House Republicans who haven’t said how they plan to vote on Jan. 3 write in new letter: “Despite some progress achieved, Mr. McCarthy’s statement comes almost impossibly late to address continued deficiencies ahead of the opening of the 118th Congress on January 3rd” pic.twitter.com/hTaPfb37Vi
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 2, 2023
The letter sent to McCarthy ahead of the speakership vote read, “The times call for radical departure from the status quo — not a continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures. For someone with a 14-year presence in senior House Republican leadership, Mr. McCarthy bears squarely the burden to correct the dysfunction he now explicitly admits across that long tenure.”
The first and second rounds of voting saw McCarthy gather a total of 203 votes – which fell short of the 218 votes necessary to win the speaker’s race. The rounds saw Democrat Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08), the incoming House Democratic leader, win nine more votes than McCarthy.
House Speaker SECOND round of voting is over and still no candidate has a majority:
McCarthy (R) 203
Jeffries (D) 212
Jordan (R) 19: Biggs, Bishop, Boebert, Brecheen, Cloud, Clyde, Crane, Gaetz, Good, Gosar, Harris, Luna, Miller, Norman, Ogles, Perry, Rosendale, Roy & Self. pic.twitter.com/lnZbox0A1H
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 3, 2023
On Twitter, Jeffries called the Republican voting situation “complete chaos.”
House Dems are united and ready to get to work.
Complete chaos on the other side of the aisle.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) January 3, 2023
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.