Jim Jordan bows out of Speaker race, will not seek third vote

 October 19, 2023

Jim Jordan's announced that he had decided to not pursue the Speaker of the House position reflecting the Republican party's inability to unite as the fight over the next speaker drags on.

Breitbart reported that in a recent development, Rep. Jim Jordan has decided against seeking a third vote for the position of Speaker of the House. This news comes amidst the backdrop of the Republican party's struggles to find common ground.

Jim Jordan's decision and its implications

Rep. Jim Jordan, representing Ohio, confirmed his decision on Thursday. Instead of pursuing the Speaker's role, he will support a plan that aims to grant Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry of North Carolina enhanced powers.

Previously, Jordan faced significant opposition in his bids for the Speaker position. Notably, moderate Republicans from New York and several members of the House Appropriations Committee were against his candidacy.

It's worth noting that 22 House Republicans voted against Jordan, denying him the chance to serve as Speaker. This is despite the fact that he enjoyed considerable grassroots support within Ohio.

Republicans who voted against Jordan

Among those who didn't support Jordan's bid were Rep. Don Bacon, who voted for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and Rep. Vern Buchanan, who cast his vote for Rep. Byron Donalds. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Rep. Carlos Giminez also voted for McCarthy.

Other notable votes against Jordan came from Rep. Jake Ellzey, who supported Rep. Mike Garcia, and Rep. Drew Ferguson, who voted for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise. Rep. John James cast his vote for former Rep. Candice Miller, while Rep. Mike Kelly supported former Speaker John Boehner.

Several other Republicans, including Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Rep. Granger, and Rep. Mike Simpson, also voted for Scalise. Rep. Ken Buck, on the other hand, supported House Majority Whip Tom Emmer.

Concerns about the Speaker Pro Tempore role

There are concerns about the implications of elevating McHenry to the Speaker Pro Tempore role. As Breitbart News senior legal contributor, Ken Klukowski, points out, the true title of Speaker holds significant power in the line of presidential succession.

If unforeseen circumstances were to affect both the president and vice president, the Speaker of the House would become Acting President. However, this would only apply to someone with the official title of Speaker, not Speaker Pro Tempore or Acting Speaker.

Thus, if McHenry or any other individual were to assume the role without being the duly elected Speaker, the powers of the presidency would bypass the House. This would lead to Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, being next in line, followed by other members of the Democratic party.

Reactions from the conservative community

Many conservatives are wary of this potential shift in power. Former U.S. Ambassador Ken Blackwell, chairman of the Conservative Action Project, expressed his concerns, stating that such a move would be a "total sellout of the conservative agenda."

Blackwell further emphasized the importance of the Republican party's commitment to the America First agenda. He believes that this agenda is crucial for halting the Biden administration's policies and setting the stage for the 2024 presidential elections.

It remains to be seen how these developments will impact the Republican Party's future strategies and the broader political landscape of the United States.


  • Jim Jordan has decided not to seek a third vote for the Speaker of the House position.
  • He faced opposition from several Republicans in his previous bids.
  • There are concerns about the implications of elevating Patrick McHenry to the Speaker Pro Tempore role.
  • Conservatives emphasize the importance of the Republican party's commitment to the America First agenda.

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