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  • Election of Speaker

    by Representative Jim Bridenstine

    Posted on 2015-01-06

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    BRIDENSTINE. Madam Clerk, I present for the election of the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress the name of Judge Louie Gohmert, a Representative-elect from the great State of Texas.

    Madam Clerk, Judge Gohmert proudly serves the First District of Texas. He is serving his fifth term in the House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as district judge in Smith County and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to be the chief justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

    Madam Clerk, this is not about Judge Gohmert; it is about establishing a strong check on the executive branch. I think a quote applies to my friend Louie Gohmert. It is from Mark Twain. He said: In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and he is brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

    My constituents from the First District of Oklahoma are looking for this kind of patriot.

    The CLERK. Are there further nominations? {time} 1245 Mr. KING of Iowa. Madam Clerk, I rise to place in a nomination for election to the constitutional office of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives a man who has served as speaker of the statehouse, a man who respects this institution, a man who understands that power and principle cannot coexist without recognizing the sanctity of each Member's vote in this House of Representatives, a man who will restore this institution of the House of Representatives. I place in nomination the name of Daniel Webster, a Representative-elect from the great State of Florida.

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