January 2015 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election

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January 2015 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election
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Needed to Win: Majority of the votes cast
408 votes cast, 205 needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  John Boehner official portrait.jpg Nancy Pelosi 2012.jpg
Candidate John Boehner Nancy Pelosi
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Ohio's 8th California's 12th
Members' vote 216 164
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Candidate "Others"
Members' vote 28

Speaker before election

John Boehner

Elected Speaker

John Boehner

The January 2015 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election, the first of two Speaker of the United States House of Representatives elections held that year, took place on January 6, 2015, at the start of the 114th Congress, two months after the 2014 elections. This was 123rd speaker election since the office was created in 1789. The incumbent, John Boehner, received 216 votes, a majority of the votes cast and was re-elected to office, despite a coordinated effort by Freedom Caucus Republicans to oust him.[1][2]

Immediately after the election, the Dean of the United States House of Representatives, John Conyers, administered the oath of office to the speaker. Boehner in turn administered the oath of office en masse to the rest of the members of the House of Representatives.


The House Republicans met on November 13, 2014 and unanimously renominated John Boehner for the Speakership of the House or Representatives. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Chair of the House Republican Conference, placed Boehner's name in nomination on January 6, 2015.

The House Democrats, who met on November 18, 2014, chose unopposed Nancy Pelosi through a voice vote as the Minority Leader as well as nominee for Speaker. Her name was placed in nomination on January 6, 2019 by Xavier Becerra, the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

January 6, 2015, after House Republican Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers nominated John Boehner and House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra Nancy Pelosi for the office of the Speaker on behalf of their respective parties, three more names were placed in nominations by some of the Republican representatives. Ted Yoho of Florida was nominated by Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Louie Gohmert of Texas by Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, and Daniel Webster of Florida by Steve King of Iowa.


The vote count in the January 6, 2015 speaker of the House election was:[3]

Candidate Votes Percent
John Boehner (ROhio) 216 52.95%
Nancy Pelosi (DCalifornia) 164 40.20%
Dan Webster (R–Florida) 12 2.95%
Louie Gohmert (R–Texas) 3 0.74%
Ted Yoho (R–Florida) 2 0.50%
Jim Jordan (R–Ohio) 2 0.50%
Jim Cooper (D–Tennessee) 1 0.24%
Peter DeFazio (D–Oregon) 1 0.24%
Jeff Duncan (R–South Carolina) 1 0.24%
Trey Gowdy (R–South Carolina) 1 0.24%
John Lewis (D–Georgia) 1 0.24%
Kevin McCarthy (R–California) 1 0.24%
Rand Paul (R)[a] 1 0.24%
Jeff Sessions (R)[a] 1 0.24%
Colin Powell (R)[a] 1 0.24%
Total votes: 408 100%
Votes necessary: 205 >50%
  1. ^ a b c Not a member of the House at the time.

Representatives voting for someone other than their party's speaker nominee were:[4]
 Rod Blum of Iowa; Scott Garrett of New Jersey; Paul Gosar of Arizona; Tim Huelskamp of Kansas; Walter Jones of North Carolina; Steve King of Iowa; Mark Meadows of North Carolina; Rich Nugent of Florida; Bill Posey of Florida; Scott Rigell of Virginia; Marlin Stutzman of Indiana; and Daniel Webster of Florida voted for Daniel Webster;
 Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma; Louie Gohmert of Texas; and Randy Weber of Texas voted for Louie Gohmert;
 Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Ted Yoho of Florida voted for Ted Yoho;
 Justin Amash of Michigan and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee voted for Jim Jordan;
 Gwen Graham of Florida voted for Jim Cooper;
 Dan Lipinski of Illinois voted for Peter DeFazio;
 Dave Brat of Virginia voted for Jeff Duncan;
 Jeff Duncan of South Carolina voted for Trey Gowdy;
 Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona voted for John Lewis;
 Chris Gibson of New York voted for Kevin McCarthy;
 Curt Clawson of Florida voted for Rand Paul;
 Gary Palmer of Alabama voted for Jeff Sessions;
 Jim Cooper of Tennessee voted for Colin Powell.

On the day of the election, January 6, there were a total of 434 representatives in office, Michael Grimm of New York having resigned from his seat, and Boehner would have needed at least 218 votes to win had all of them voted. However, 26 representatives did not participate in the voting, including 13 New York Democrats who attended the funeral of the late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo that day, and Boehner was able to clinch victory with jus over 205 votes.


  1. ^ French, Lauren; Bresnahan, John (January 9, 2015). "How not to oust a speaker: House conservatives spent almost a year pondering a challenge to John Boehner but couldn't deliver". Politico. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Walsh, Deirdre (January 6, 2015). "Boehner Overcomes Big Opposition to Remain Speaker". CNN. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Heitshusen, Valerie; Beth, Richard S. (January 4, 2019). "Speakers of the House: Elections, 1913–2019" (PDF). CRS Report for Congress. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "161 Cong. Rec. 29–31 (2015)" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: United States Government Publishing Office. Retrieved March 29, 2019.