Jim Jordan Fails To Become Speaker Of The House In Third Round Of Votes

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House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan failed to receive enough votes Friday to become the next Speaker of the House.

After the third round of votes, Jordan was shy of the necessary 214 to win the Speakership. The final quorum call put the House attendance at 427, meaning 214 remains the majority threshold unless members voted “present” during the roll call vote for Speaker.

The Daily Caller first reported that former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy would give Jordan’s nomination speech on the House floor before the vote.

Ahead of the vote, Jordan told reporters: “We need to do what we told them we were going to do when they elected us and put us in office and frankly we can’t do that if the house isn’t open. We can’t open the house until we get a speaker.” (RELATED: Here Are The 22 Republicans Who Voted Against Jim Jordan For Speaker In Second Ballot Vote)

25 Republicans voted against Jordan on the third ballot.

The first member to vote against Jordan was Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon, who placed his vote for House Majority Whip Tom Emmer. The second no-vote for Jordan came from Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan, who voted for Florida Rep. Byron Donalds. Colorado Rep. Ken Buck then voted against Jordan, placing his vote for Emmer.

Oregon Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer voted for Speaker pro-tempore Patrick McHenry instead of Jordan. New York Rep. Anthony D’Esposito voted for former New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin. Florida Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart was the sixth no-vote for Jordan, placing his vote for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise. Texas Rep. Jake Ellzey voted for California Rep. Mike Garcia.

Georgia Rep. Drew Ferguson also voted for Scalise. Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick voted for McHenry, switching from Jordan. New York Rep. Andrew Garbarino voted for Zeldin. Florida Rep. Carlos Giménez voted for McCarthy. Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales voted for Scalise. Texas Rep. Kay Granger voted against Jordan, placing her vote for Scalise.

New Jersey Rep. Thomas Kean voted for McCarthy. 

Michigan Rep. John James ended up voting for Donalds. Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly voted for Scalise. Virginia Rep. Jen Kiggans voted for McHenry. New York Rep. Nick LaLota voted for Zeldin. New York Rep. Mike Lawler voted for McHenry. Iowa Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks voted against Jordan, placing her vote for McHenry.

New York Rep. Marcus Molinaro switched his vote from Jordan to Zeldin in the third ballot. 

Florida Rep. John Rutherford voted for Scalise. Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson also voted for Scalise, making him the 23rd no-vote against Jordan.

Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber voted for Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman. Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack voted for Scalise.


22 Republicans ended up voting against Jordan during the second ballot.

Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy announced Monday he would endorse Jordan to become the next Speaker. Many other Republicans followed after McCarthy’s endorsement. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Voting Against Jordan Are Doing It To ‘Spite Matt Gaetz,’ Members Say)

Jordan lost the first ballot for Speaker on Tuesday, with 20 Republicans voting against him.

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: EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Donors Pledge To Withhold Funding From GOP Members Who Vote Against Jim Jordan For Speaker)

The House went into recess after the vote, as Republicans will now have to figure out how to get to 214.