Speaker is the name of the person in charge of some legislatures, usually the lower house.
House of Commons of the United Kingdom[change | edit source]
The Speaker is elected by other members, usually he or she is a member of the government party, but leaves his or her party because the Speaker must be neutral (not like one side more than another). The Speaker does not vote. If the Speaker wants to stand in for re-election the other parties do not oppose him to show he is neutral.
Dail Éireann in Ireland[change | edit source]
The Speaker (Ceann Comhairle) is neutral, but the constitution (Bunreacht) of Ireland says he does not need to stand for re-election, he is given the first seat in his constituency.
United States House of Representatives[change | edit source]
The Speaker is the leader of the largest party. He or she is not neutral, but votes for his party's policies. The Speaker also helps to get his party's idea's made law. The term of the Speaker of the House is two years in office. The first female Speaker of the House was Nancy Pelosi. The current speaker is John Boehner of the Republican Party.