Tom Emmer Drops Out of Speaker Race; Update: Mike Johnson Elected as House Speaker

Just hours after he was nominated for House Speaker, Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) dropped out of the race on Tuesday.

Emmer withdrew his name after a contingent of Republicans made clear they would not back him on the House floor, making it impossible for him to win, the Hill Reported.

Emmer was endorsed by former speaker Kevin McCarthy, but trashed by former President Trump, who released a scathing statement Tuesday calling Emmer a “RINO.”

“I have many wonderful friends wanting to be Speaker of the House, and some are truly great Warriors. RINO Tom Emmer, who I do not know well, is not one of them,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

Emmer won the GOP nomination over House GOP Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (La.) in a secret ballot 117-97, but in a secondary roll call vote 26 Republicans voted present or for another person, according to House GOP Conference Secretary Lisa McClain (R-Mich.).

If all members vote present and for a specific candidate, Emmer could only afford to lose four Republicans and still win the Speakership on the House floor.

Emmer is the third GOP Speaker nominee to fall short of the gavel. The conference voted to drop Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as their nominee last week following three failed attempts to win the gavel on the House floor. Before that, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) withdrew his name from the running amid staunch opposition from Jordan supporters.

Reps. Byron Donalds (R-Fla. and Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) backed out of the contest earlier Tuesday, but jumped back in after Emmers dropped out.

Reps. Donalds, Hern and Mike Johnson (R-La.) are currently the only Republicans still in the race, but that could change quickly.

Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Tex.) has been telling reporters that he wants former President Donald Trump to run for speaker.


It has been exactly three weeks since eight Republicans and Democrats voted to oust McCarthy from the Speakership.


Tuesday night, House Republicans chose Rep. Johnson as the party’s new nominee for speaker after multiple rounds of voting.

Johnson received 128 votes in the final round with Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., getting 29, according to Fox News Digital.

“Democracy is messy sometimes but it’s our system,” Johnson said during a press conference after the vote. “This House majority is united,” he added to thunderous applause. “We’re going to serve the people of this country. We’re going to restore their faith in this Congress, in this institution of government,” Johnson continued.

“You’re going to see a new form of government and we’re going to do this quickly. This group here is ready to govern and we’re going to govern well. We’re going to do what’s right by the people, and believe people are going to reward that next year,” he declared.

Johnson is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Administrative State, Regulatory Reform, and Antitrust; Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government; Armed Services Committee; Subcommittee on Readiness; and Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

He is currently the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Constitution and Limited Government.


House speaker vote live:


Johnson has received the 217 needed votes to become the next Speaker of the House. The final tally was 220 votes for Johnson and 209 votes for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: U.S. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) (R) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) arrive to a House Republican candidates forum where congressmen who are running for Speaker of the House will present their platforms in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 24, 2023 in Washington, DC. Members of the GOP conference will hear from the candidates who hope to succeed former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was ousted on October 4 in a move led by a small group of conservative members of his own party. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)