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Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer Discloses Intention To Contest House Speakership

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Rep. Tom Emmer has formally declared his desire to succeed Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the next speaker of the U.S. House, following McCarthy’s historic departure earlier this month.

Emmer announced via X formerly known as Twitter early on Saturday morning that he would be seeking the job in order “to bring our conference together and get back to work.”

Emmer went on to say that, in the last 10 months with a Republican majority in the House, “our Conference has shown what we can accomplish when we come together as a team. … Our conference remains at a crossroads and the deck is stacked against us. We have no choice but to fight like hell to hold on to our House Majority and deliver on our conservative agenda.”

Republican representatives’ candidacy and the lack of leadership in the House have prevented Congress from conducting work. Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise were both shot down by various House Republican caucus sections.

Emmer had previously declared that he will pursue a role as the House Majority Leader rather than run for speaker. As majority whip, he currently holds the third position in the House leadership hierarchy.

Congressman Brad Finstad of Minnesota declared late Friday that he would back Emmer to be Speaker of the House:

“I have known Congressman Emmer for more than twenty years, since our time serving in the Minnesota Legislature,” Finstad said. “From the day that I arrived in Congress, it has been a privilege to work alongside Tom and I have come to truly appreciate him as a mentor and as a friend.”

“In January, our Conference elected Congressman Emmer to be our Majority Whip – a position in which Tom has shown profound leadership. Whether it’s across Minnesota or across the country, Congressman Emmer has the trust and respect necessary to lead the People’s House. I am happy to support him for Speaker.

“The American people deserve a functioning Congress. It is my hope that my House colleagues can come together to get this election done, get the House back in order, and get back to working for the American people.”

Speaker pro tempore during the interim period following McCarthy’s removal is Republican Representative Patrick McHenry.

Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado repeatedly supported Emmer in the most recent speaker’s vote, in which Jordan was unable to garner enough support to win the position.

Rep. Dean Phillips, a Democrat, recommended his colleague Emmer as McCarthy’s replacement earlier this month and that he did not regret voting to oust McCarthy.

“Congress cannot do a single thing until my GOP friends choose a new Speaker of the House. And it is their choice. They’re in the majority. It is their task, it’s their job. We cannot do anything. What should we do? We have to support Israel. We have to support Ukraine. It’s not just about nations and other countries around the world. This is about an existential threat to freedom and to democracy,” Phillips said.

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