Newly-elected Tennessee Congressman Andy Ogles (R-TN-05) voted for California Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-20) in the House of Representatives House Speaker race during the chamber’s 12th round of voting on Friday.
The moment when Tennessee Republican Representative-Elect Andy Ogles voted for Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. Ogles had previously voted for Bryon Donalds and Jim Jordan during the other 11 votes. pic.twitter.com/qdSu3PIQyP
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“On behalf of my colleagues who have been negotiating in good faith and as an act of good faith to my colleagues, McCarthy,” Ogles said as he cast his vote for the California congressman. The chamber applauded, following Ogles vote.
During the 12th round of voting, McCarthy garnered 213 votes – still shy of the necessary number to win the speaker’s race. The 12th round also saw Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08), the incoming House Democratic leader, winning 211 votes, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) receiving 4 votes, and Republican Congressman Kevin Hern (R-OK-01) garnering 3 votes.
The seven Republican representatives who voted against McCarthy in the twelfth round of voting include Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05), Lauren Boebert (R-CO-03), Eli Crane (R-AZ-02), Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01), Bob Good (R-VA-05), Andy Harris (R-MD-01), and Matt Rosendale (R-MT-02).
FLIP-O-RAMA: Here are the 14 Republicans who just flipped to vote for Kevin McCarthy.
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Ogles, who had voted against McCarthy since the first day of voting on Tuesday, was joined in switching his vote for McCarthy by the following representatives: Dan Bishop (R-NC-08), Josh Brecheen (R-OK-02), Michael Cloud (R-TX-27), Andrew Clyde (R-GA-09), Byron Donalds (R-FL-19), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL-13), Mary Miller (R-IL-15),Ralph Norman (R-SC-05), Scott Perry (R-PA-10), Chip Roy (R-TX-21), Keith Self (R-TX-03), Victoria Spartz (R-IN-05), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ-09).
Ogles’ vote for McCarthy came one day after the pair was seen engaging in an animated conversation in the house chamber, The Tennessee Star previously reported.
Throughout this week, many prominent Republican figures – including former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence – have urged GOP representatives to vote for McCarthy.
Tennessee Congressman John Rose (R-TN-06) also urged his colleagues to vote for McCarthy’s speakership bid.
“Now is the time to unite behind the proven conservative leader who is endorsed by President Trump and the majority of our conference knows and supports, Kevin McCarthy, and get to work on behalf of the American People,” Rose released in a Thursday evening statement.
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.