Jim Jordan To Back Patrick McHenry For Temporary Speaker Of The House, Will Remain Speaker Designee

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House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan will support Speaker pro Tempore Patrick McHenry to be the temporary Speaker of the House until January after failing to receive the necessary 217 votes twice.

A source familiar told the Daily Caller that Jordan “will continue to run and try to shore up votes until then. Remains speaker designee. Not dropping out. McHenry temporary till January.”

Jordan failed to receive enough votes Wednesday to become the next Speaker of the House during the second round of voting.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) (R) talks to Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) as the House of Representatives prepares to hold a vote on a new Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2023 in Washington, DC. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) failed in his bid to become Speaker of the House on Tuesday after all Democrats and 20 members of his own party declined to vote for him. The House has been without an elected leader since Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted from the speakership on October 4 in a move led by a small group of conservative members of his own party.

The final quorum call put the House attendance at 432 for the first two votes, meaning 217 remains the majority threshold unless members voted “present” during the roll call vote for speaker. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Fails To Become Speaker of the House In Second Round Of Votes)

Jordan lost the first ballot for speaker on Tuesday, with 20 Republicans voting against him. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Fails To Receive Enough Votes For Speaker Of The House In First Round Of Votes)

Conservative donors told the Daily Caller on Monday night they are pledging to withhold funding from Republican House members who refuse to support Jordan for speaker. (RELATED: Here Are The 20 Republicans Who Voted Against Jim Jordan For Speaker In First Ballot Vote)

House Republicans will now meet to discuss options for Speaker.