Election of Speakerby Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Posted on 2015-01-06
McMORRIS RODGERS. Madam Clerk, it is an honor to address the
House at the start of the 114th Congress. If there is one thing I have
learned as a legislator, it is that we cannot achieve great things
alone. It takes a willingness to come together, find common ground, and
advance solutions that make people's lives better. In that spirit, I
welcome America's new Congress, one that will chart the path towards a
government that is more open, transparent, and trustworthy.
To lead us on this path, the Republican Conference has nominated a man of great character and conviction. The second oldest of 12 children, he grew up mopping floors and waiting tables at his family's tavern. He ran a successful small business. He was elected to the Ohio State House and then this House, where he served as committee chairman, Republican Conference chairman, minority leader, majority leader, and Speaker. He is a reformer who works every day to make government more accountable to the people. For all of this, he calls himself a regular guy with a big job; and that job, he says, is to listen, because if we listen to the people, listen to one another, there is no telling what we can accomplish together for the future of this great country.
Madam Clerk, as chair of the Republican Conference and by unanimous vote of that conference, I present for election to the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress the name of the Honorable John A. Boehner, our dear friend and colleague, a Representative-elect from the State of Ohio.
The CLERK. The Clerk now recognizes the gentleman from California (Mr. Becerra).