Jeffries and Donalds set new records for their states
As the political drama continues to unfold in Washington, D.C. in voting for the Speaker of the U.S. House for the 118th Congress, some interesting milestones have been recorded through the fifth round of balloting.
Thus far, two individuals have received a record number of Speaker votes for their respective states.
On Tuesday, the unanimous Democratic caucus support of 212 votes for Representative Hakeem Jeffries is the largest raw number of roll call votes won by a resident of the state of New York.
Jeffries eclipsed the 207 votes won by Republican Bertrand Snell in 1931 as Texas Democrat John Nance Garner was elected to the post.
Jeffries had previously received one vote for the 117th Congress speakership. Former GOP U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin received one vote in the 1st round of balloting on Tuesday, making him the 45th New Yorker to receive a vote for Speaker in the chamber’s history.
On Wednesday, the Republican caucus dissidents threw their support behind Florida’s Byron Donalds (pictured).
Donalds won 20 votes on the 4th and 5th ballots which also broke his state’s record.
In 2015, Republican Dan Webster won 12 votes as Ohio’s John Boehner won the speakership for a third straight congress.
Donalds is the eighth Floridian to receive votes for the position in state history.
It should also be noted that the single vote for Republican Jim Banks on Tuesday’s 1st ballot was the first vote for an Indiana resident in more than half a century. In 1963, Republican Charles Halleck won 175 votes as Massachusetts Democrat John McCormack was reelected Speaker.
Likewise, the 10 votes cast for 1st ballot nominee Andy Biggs was the most for an Arizonan since 1979 when GOPer John Rhodes recorded 152 votes placing second to Massachusetts Democrat Tip O’Neill.
Nine states have yet to see one of their own receive a single vote for House Speaker over the decades: Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Nearly half of the states (24) have had at least one resident receive votes for Speaker since the turn of the century: Missouri (2001), Pennsylvania (2005), Maryland (2011), North Carolina (2011), Idaho (2013), Michigan (2013), Virginia (2013), Alabama (2015), Georgia (2015), Oregon (2015), South Carolina (2015), Texas (2015), Tennessee (2017), Wisconsin (2017), Delaware (2019), Kentucky (2019), Massachusetts (2019), Illinois (2021), Arizona (2023), California (2023), Florida (2023), Indiana (2023), New York (2023), and Ohio (2023).
Ten states last saw a resident receive votes in the 19th Century: Connecticut (1856), New Hampshire (1856), Rhode Island (1856), Vermont (1856), Arkansas (1860), Louisiana (1860), New Jersey (1860), Maine (1897), Colorado (1899), and Nevada (1899).
Seven states have been waiting since the 1900s: Mississippi (1907, Democrat John Sharp Williams), Nebraska (1911, Republican George Norris), Minnesota (1933, Farmer-Laborite Paul Kvale), Kansas (1935, Republican W.P. Lambertson), Oklahoma (1975, Democrat Carl Albert), Washington (1993, Democrat Tom Foley), and Iowa (1997, Republican Jim Leach).
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