October 2015 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election

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The United States House of Representatives was a scheduled election for Speaker of the House for October 29, 2015, during the 114th U.S. Congress. The election was caused by the announcement of Speaker John Boehner's resignation, set for October 30. The Speaker of the House follows the Vice President in line of succession to the presidency of the United States in accordance with the Presidential Succession Act. Paul Ryan was elected speaker and took office on October 29, 2015.

Background[change | change source]

Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader and second-in-command to the Speaker, was initially viewed as the front runner to win the Speakership. However, due to the opposition of the Freedom Caucus, McCarthy dropped out of the race on October 8, and the caucus vote was postponed. Paul Ryan and Daniel Webster of the Republican Party and Nancy Pelosi of the Democratic Party remain declared candidates.

Candidates[change | change source]

Declared[change | change source]

These are the official declared candidates:

Publicly expressed interest[change | change source]

The following potential candidates has expressed interest in running for speaker within the past month:

Potential candidates[change | change source]

The following received speculation about a possible candidacy in at least two reliable sources:

Withdrawn[change | change source]

The following individual did initially run for the position, but withdrew some time later:

Declined to run[change | change source]

The following noteworthy individuals received some speculation to a possible run, but ultimately ruled themselves out:

References[change | change source]

  1. "House leadership: Nancy Pelosi seeks support for speaker". Politico. Retrieved October 8, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "House Leadership: Hoyer says GOP on its own for Speaker vote". Politico. Retrieved October 8, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Paul Ryan officially running for Speaker". CNN. Retrieved October 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Could Daniel Webster lose his house seat just as he's running for Speaker?". Hot Air.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Daniel Webster Wins Conservative Republicans' Endorsement for House Speaker". The New York Times. October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Issa: I'm considering running for House Speaker". CNBC.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Darrell Issa: "I May Run for House Speaker"". The Daily Beast.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  9. "McCaul plans to run for House Speaker". KeyeTV.com. Retrieved October 15, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Lynn Westmoreland, 'Considering' Running for Speaker". Politics.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "Lynn Westmoreland Considering Running for Speaker". Sputnik News.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. "Zinke says he is considering running for House speaker". Star Tribune.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. "Zinke says he is considering running for House Speaker". Missoulian.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. "Two Republican Women from Tennessee talked up for Speaker race". Times Free Press.com. Retrieved October 12, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. "Could a Tennessean be the next Speaker". WRCBtv.com. Retrieved October 12, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  17. "Exclusive — American Conservative Union Vote Analysis: Marsha Blackburn Best Viable Candidate for Speakership". Breitbart.com. Retrieved October 12, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. "Sources: Flores, Conaway Weighing Bids for U.S. House Speaker". Texas Tribune.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. "Report: Conaway weighing in on Speaker bid". MRT.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. "Gingrich open to return to Speakership". The Hill.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. Chasmar, Jessica (October 8, 2015). "Newt Gingrich open to House speaker run after Kevin McCarthy withdraws". The Washington Times. Retrieved October 23, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. "Rep. Mike Kelly Considers House Speaker Bid". ErieTVNews.com. Retrieved October 21, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. "Representative Mike Kelly May Run for House Speaker". YourErie.com. Retrieved October 21, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. "Rep. John Kline in running for speaker, but says he supports Paul Ryan". Star Tribune.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. "House Speaker spotlight may swivel around Rep. John Kline". Inforum.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. "Mike Pompeo won't rule out running for speaker". Kansas Eagle.com. Retrieved October 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. "Pompeo considering race for speaker". Angri-pulse.com. Retrieved October 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. "Meet Peter Roskam, Dark Horse Candidate for Speaker". Breitbart.com. Retrieved October 12, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. "Rep. Peter Roskam, the man could be speaker". Breitbart.com. Retrieved October 12, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. "Chaffetz enters speaker's race, pans McCarthy". Politico. October 4, 2015.
  31. "Ryan to run for House Speaker if he gets full party support". Fox News. Retrieved October 20, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  32. "Most Texas Republicans backing Paul Ryan for House speaker". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  33. "House leadership race: Kevin McCarthy formally announces he's running for speaker – POLITICO". POLITICO. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  34. Steinhauer, Jennifer (October 8, 2015). "Kevin McCarthy Drops Out of House Speaker Race". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. "Gowdy says he won't run". The Hill. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  36. "Texas conservative Jeb Hensarling won't run for House Speaker". iPR Newswire. Archived from the original on October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  37. "Tom Price gets support, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is out". CNN. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  38. "Steve Scalise: Next speaker of the House?". WNRO. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  39. "House Majority Whip Steve Scalise backs Paul Ryan for House Speaker". The Advocate. Retrieved October 10, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)