FYI: House GOP Leaders: Status-Quo
- CQ Politics: House Republicans Stick With Boehner, Blunt for 110th Congress
House Republicans today voted to keep their top leaders in place for the
next two years, despite the devastating loss at the polls Nov. 7 that cast them
into the minority in the 110th Congress.
Majority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio trounced Mike Pence of Indiana,
chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, to win election as
minority leader. Boehner drew 168 votes to 27 for Pence and one for Joe L. Barton,
R-Texas, who dropped out of the race earlier this week.
Shortly thereafter, Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri turned back a challenge from
conservative hard-liner John Shadegg of Arizona, taking 137 votes to 57 for
Shadegg. One member abstained.
In the months since he was elected majority leader Feb. 2, Boehner has won
praise from a wide range of Republicans for his inclusive leadership style and
consensus-building skills. In his leadership campaign, he argued that it
would take a unified minority to win back the majority in two years.
Pence had vowed to push the party toward its conservative base — a message
that did not sit well with a diminished corps of moderates.
Adam H. Putnam, R-Fla., was elected chairman of the GOP Conference on the
third ballot, defeating Jack Kingston, R-Ga., by 100-91. Dan Lungren, R-Calif.,
was knocked out on the first ballot, while Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was
forced out on the second. Putnam led all the way.